Monday, October 3, 2011

I Am From

This was an 8th grade English assignment that I'll share because I feel like it. You should make one too. :)
Where I'm From

I am from pioneers pushing handcarts through the long, cold winter
Though the journey was hard they never gave up.

I am from the love of my family
Sometimes you can't see it, but it's always there.
I am from new baby sisters and my great-grandma with whom I share my name.

I am from the mountains towering above
From canoes, kayaks, and campfire smoke.
I am from mud and moss and the creek
From reminiscing with family as we roast marshmallows.

I am from my cousins, from croutons and black olives on our fingers.
I am from long, crowded car rides and dinner at Grandma's.

I am from summer
From zucchini bread made with extra chocolate chips.
I am from swingsets and bikes and swimming lessons every day at the Y.
I am from finger-painting with my mom, from sidewalk chalk, jumpropes, and green grass.

I am from crab-apple trees, tulips, raspberry bushes, four o'clocks and cosmos.

I am from Tomato's and Maxie's
From homemade baked potato soup
From birthday cake, breadsticks, and mac'n'cheese.

I am from Kramer and Panda, Treasure and a rabbit with a name too long to say.
From CJ, Speckle, Shamu, Donny, Marie, Amber, Toby, Willow, Miley, Prince and Floss.

I am from Saturday cleaning and lost remotes
From messy rooms and wet paint.

I am from Christmas tree lights, fireworks on the 4th, and a spook house in the basement.

I am from Florida, California, and Oregon
From the sand between my toes.
From crabs and stingrays and fish
From choking on saltwater and liking it.

I am from family that was here the 1st part of my life
Loved ones no longer loved
I am from grief, hurt, and my mother's tears
I am from sadness that makes you stronger.

I am from "when your room's clean" and "take the high road".
I am from "and I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

I am from vibrato and shifting and trills
From gavottes and minuets and concertos.
I am from "Nearer, My God, to Thee" and "If You Could Hie to Kolob".
I am from a green hill far away.

I am from "You are My Sunshine" and "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
From my mother singing me to sleep and the piano in the living room.

I am from three white dresses
From faith, divine nature, individual worth, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue.
I am from primary songs and the scriptures.
I am from crying from joy and faith.
I am a daughter of God.

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