Where I’m From

Randy Seaver has new SNGF challenge posted and it’s a good one!

Hey there, Genea-Nauts — It’s Saturday Night, and time for more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Write a poem about “Where I’m From” using the template found at the website http://www.swva.net/fred1st/wif.htm

2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Google Plus or Facebook note.

Where I’m From

I am from a yellow school bus and the legacy of Peacock Alley, from Coca Cola and Little Debbies and military bases near and far.

From the split-level brick house with a basketball hoop on one side and a yellow Cadillac in the drive.

I am from dogwoods and magnolias, silver queen corn, fried okra, and green beans off the vine.

I am from slicing open cold watermelon on a hot summer day, then spitting seeds in the grass. I’m from softball games in the front yard and go-cart races through the chicken houses. I’m from Kendricks and Hemphills and Butlers and Wards.

I am from stubborn and sweet, gentle and argumentative, artistic and competitive.

I am from Southern Baptists turned Methodist, turned, well. . .

I’m from a pink hospital in the land of pineapples and leis, the red clay of Georgia and the blue-green hills of Appalachia.

I am from Margaret Mitchell and Eudora Welty and Harper Lee.  I’m from Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I am from patriots and scoundrels, soldiers and slave-owners, farmers and moonshiners. I am from German, Scots, and Irish immigrants who left their homelands and crossed the Atlantic in wooden ships.

From the tall tales spun by my grandfather as I was drifting off to sleep and Granny’s cough syrup made from homemade whiskey and honey.

I am from old shoeboxes stuffed with photos and paintings on the walls. I’m from homemade quilts and crocheted lace and recipes for red velvet cake.


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  1. Helen Davies says

    Your poem and your entire blog is so enjoyable. Thank you for the many hours you give to others in this way. It’s a true delight to have come across you here.
    Many blessings and continued happy searching.
    With love, Helen Davies
    Kendrick Researcher/Dallas,TX.

  2. says

    Tonia, What an evocative prose-poem you have written, with lovingly selected details that have great sensory appeal. I am so glad I clicked on this blog to read your writing. Very, very nice.

    I’m from a similar “place.” I latch on to your details: Eudora Welty, Harper Lee, whiskey and honey, red velvet cake. Oh, yes.
    Mariann Regan´s last blog post ..Found. Now, Contact?

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