Where I Am From . . .

I am from back-yard sheds and front porches, from Holsum bread, Imperial Pure Cane sugar (it’s quick dissolving) and Gandy’s milk.

I am from the edge of the Edwards Plateau, the two bedroom house on the unpaved block of Florence Street, dusty road dividing the widow ladies from the Methodist Church across the street on one corner and the Church of God on the other.

I am from pecans and apricots, mesquite and chinaberry, the tree I sat in to read my ten allowed library books every week and to watch the neighbor lady brush out her long grey hair that had never been cut.

I am from cranking homemade ice cream with ice and rock salt packed into the freezer and going to church every time the doors were open, from Mary Eugenia and Lula Mae, Joe Author and Monger Stacy.

I come from teachers and preachers and hard workers.

From don’t sing at the table and we only expect you to do your best.

I’m from cars with names like the Maroon Marauder and Old Bessie, from carports and driveways instead of garages, from swamp coolers instead of central air, from shade trees and pavement so hot it’d burn your bare feet.

I am from Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong, Girls’ Auxiliary and Training Union, The Old Rugged Cross and It only takes a spark, from old ladies playing the autoharp in Sunbeams and young bearded men playing the guitar around the campfire. Kumbaya.

From the Heart of Texas, the Heartland, the center of the universe, the kind of town everybody wants to be from.

I come from Wales and Arkansas, Comanche, Sweetwater, Claude, and Brownwood, fried chicken, fried potatoes, steak fingers and fried okra.

I’m from y’all and pray for rain and fixin’togo.

From the grandmother who sewed and the Mema who taught music, the grandpa who could sell ice to an Eskimo, and the grandfather who worked on cars and died before I was born.

I am from a house full of memories and craft projects, some completed and hung on the walls, some never finished, waiting for younger hands and newer minds. I’m from dreams and places where doors were not locked and neighbors never let you pay them back when you borrowed an egg or a cup of milk.

Catez’s I Am From
Waterfall’s Adoption Birthday Poem:Where I’m From
Pratie’s Place has a list of links to bloggers who have written poems participating in this meme.
And I think the whole thing started with a poem by George Ella Lyons. You can write your own where-I-am-from, and if you write one, leave me a comment and I’ll link to your poem.

I think I could have done a better job if I had some uninterrupted time to think, but when am I ever going to be from the uninterrupted time place? Heaven only knows.

14 thoughts on “Where I Am From . . .

  1. Nice to see you joining us in doing it. From Pratie to Waterfall to me to you and who knows where next…

  2. It sound’s like where your from is a stone’s throw from where I am now happily making my home. This is the first post I’ve read on your blog and I already get a very good sense of who you are.

  3. I think everyone should do this–such a good idea and interesting look into someone’s life. I finally got mine up, after much thought…

  4. Thanks for linking my poem too. I can’t say I recognize all that you are from – but that is probably becuz I’m not from there. I enjoyed reading it.

  5. This is GREAT! I have just now found this via a link from another blog, but I would like to link to it from mine, since, of course, I am the only other person in this entire world who can say the very same things!

  6. Found you through the TTL Carnival of Beauty, so I’m strolling the neighborhood.

    I love this idea! I think we’ll incorporate it as part of our New Years reflections this weekend.

  7. This was a wonderful poem. I grew up north of Abilene and it made me homesick.

  8. Sherry… great job! I meant to let you know sooner…sigh… I get so distracted sometimes! But really, this is lovely and I do thank you for letting me know you had written an I Am From, also. Loved the mention of Lottie Moon and Training Union! My, I hadn’t thought of those in years in years. :) God bless… Debra

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