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I am from


From be quiet now and you cannot wear your cowboy shirt to church.

I am from Amazing Grace and Old Wooden Cross. From stained glass windows and small hot rooms, where they taught Jesus and served punch.

I’m from the Golden State and NOLA, cornbread and iced tea.

From the woman we called Memor who saw my Grandaddy on the side of the road and picked him up, the tiny spit fire who sold encyclopedias to support her family. Who died a quiet death of alzheimer’s, surrounded by her three daughters. One of which is my mother.  I am from my father, who was an artist, a soldier, an asshole. I am from his same stock even when I try not to be.

I am from a storage unit in a dusty place. Disarray of memories and old pieced quilts. Fishing rods and dress shoes. The world in a dark square, spiders and silky strands of their construction, holding our family in its web. I am from the sadness and light, the impossible and complex. 


I saw this at Amanda’s and at Two Busy’s places. They were both beautiful, as their writing always is. Want to do this? The template is here.

20 Responses to “I am from”

  1. schmutzie Says:

    I love these, and yours is now slouch.
    I did one, too: http://www.schmutzie.com/schmoetry/2011/6/29/where-i-was-from-when-i-was-seven-bearing-down-upon-the-buoy.html

  2. hele Says:

    so utterly, absolutely beautiful

  3. Amanda Says:

    I love that where you came from somehow wended its way to a place where we’d meet.

  4. De A Says:

    Love the first line the best.

    The template reminds me of the Mad Libs my nine year old is captivated by – in a really good way.

    Now stop inspiring me to write.

  5. TwoBusy Says:

    Ye gods… especially that last paragraph.

    Damn, yer good at this typing stuff.

  6. christine Says:

    perfect. i want to do this, too!

  7. yogurt Says:

    I understand the origin from asshole. I do.

  8. stefanie Says:

    Love this! I just thought of these the other day…I will take that as a sign that it’s time for me to join in. Every word matters. Every from matters.

  9. Sybil Law Says:

    You are from heaven.

    (I just started this but have to stop since we’re changing our internet and cable. BAH!)

  10. magpie Says:

    Love. And you inspired me too.

  11. marty Says:

    I love that your grandmother sold encyclopedias. She sounds like someone I wish I had met.

  12. heidi Says:

    Love this. So poignant and beautiful. I think I might have to try this….

  13. Slow Panic Says:

    Love this. Love who you are. I think I’ll do this.

  14. vodkamom Says:

    I adore you, and I am so trying this.


  15. marathonmom Says:

    Congrats and Best Wishes on your Twitter last night!

  16. TigereyeSal Says:

    Wonderful- I’m checking it out too.

  17. Debbie Says:

    Beautiful writing. I love the last paragraph.

  18. Dawn Says:

    fishing poles and dress shoes. LOVE

  19. Painted Maypole Says:

    i am loving reading these. maybe I’ll do one. likely not. but i love them.

  20. Where I’m From | The Eleventh Says:

    […] by a beautiful post by my friend Flutter.  If you’d like to write about where you’re from, you can find the template […]

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