Sunday, September 25, 2011

where I'm from

I am from women who are not afraid to be strong, and men who know it's okay to cry sometimes.

I am from sitting a tree to watch the farmer plow the corn field behind our house.

I am from sand dunes and lakefronts and woods.

I am from swing sets and monkey bars and bikes with pedal brakes and banana seats.

I am from laughing with cousins for hours about nothing in particular.

I am from sitting outside and reading, and books and books and books.

I'm from Superfudge and Are You There God, It's Me Margaret and Charlotte's Web and A Summer to Die.

I'm from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and oh my gosh everything I learned from them both.

I am from baking cookies with Grandma, and baking cookies for Grandma (and everyone else, too).

I am from toast with butter and honey, and peanut butter and jelly every day in my lunch box.

I am from Kool-Aid and chocolate milk to hot chocolate and hot tea.

I am from running ten miles before breakfast and another ten before dinner. From intervals and hills and track and stride on.

I am from a best friend you can call at three in the morning, even if you can't really explain why you needed to call in the first place.

I am from the altar to the meditation cushion, the rosary to the mala, hallelujah and hare krishna.

I am from the truth of Henry, the path of George, the light of Bono and Stipe, who all showed me that I can be an active participant, I can do something.

I am from working hard and doing your best (even if no one is watching).

I am from knowing when it's right and not wasting time if it's not.

I am from finding love when I wasn't even looking.

I am from wanting to see people I love smile.

I am from saying what you mean and meaning what you say.

I am from not walking away when it gets tough, but knowing when it's time to walk away.

I am here, now.

5 comments:

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh the childhood books. I love the nostalgia! And I love the best friend call, being an active participant, meaning what you say, and knowing when to walk and when to stay.

Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this and you!
(mom)

Corinne said...

The Muppet Show!!! :)
(fraggle rock too... don't forget!)
Love this!

Lyndsay said...

Love it.
And Summer to Die?! YES! (oh wait, we've had this conversation.)

InTheFastLane said...

I love these! And I love how where we are from seems to ordinary until we put it together and it creates a picture of where we are and how we got there.

And I really love this one: I am from not walking away when it gets tough, but knowing when it's time to walk away.