Jul
05

This Is Where I’m From

by MARIA on July 5, 2011

I just saw this meme on Stephanie’s blog, and many bloggers have blogged their own version, but it originates here. I thought it was really special, so here is my version.

I am from Cabbage Patch Dolls and Barbie dolls, from board games and dancing to 45s.

I am from a small house with a huge backyard, and a beloved giant tree there to climb. From shared bedrooms, one shower, and rooms just for guests. From shag rug carpet, and beige, beige, beige. From homemade meals, and honey desserts and big family dinners .

I am from gardens filled with green beans, tomatoes and zucchini. I am from a backyard filled with roses, and lilacs that fill the air with their magnificent scent. From swing sets and picnic tables and riding bikes up and down the driveway.

I am from church on Sundays and huge family holidays, from hours spent watching the NBA finals and Wimbledon and from long weekend drives through the country, pointing out farm animals and eating soft ice cream cones in the baby blue Thunderbird.

I am from piles of books, and Walkmans screaming Concrete Blonde. From Pong and Donkey Kong and hours losing at Risk.

I am from practical jokers and funny business, from family comes first and worst case scenarios. From hard work is everything and always remember where you came from. I am from forty years of the family business and everyone pays their dues.

I’m from a small city in Ontario and a smaller village in Greece, from olives and baklava to spinach pies and endless Greek food.

From my dad’s endless bottles of Old Spice, the just in case safety pin on my mom’s beloved cardigans, and the endless hours of fighting, laughing, crying with four very different siblings.

I am from rooms filled with family photos, and photo albums with memories of the old country.

This is me. This is where I’m from.

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1 Misty Massie July 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

This is a great sentimental piece of writing its really beautiful I enjoyed reading it. thank you!

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2 MARIA July 5, 2011 at 10:47 am

Thanks Misty!!

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3 The Woman Formerly Known as Beautiful July 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I am from a 69-foot sloop on a Delta tributary. I am from the Boat Parade off Angel Island and spinniker splashing me in that cold, salty bay. I am from three stepdada and one real dad. The Salesman, The Cop, The Firefighter, The Italian. I am from ward hugs and kisses and hearing Swanee River sung off-key while my mom washed my hair. I’m from a Mormon stepmom and an atheist father. From three-hour church Sundays and a nudist phase at Lake Tahoe. I am from two step-sisters, three step-brothers, one half brother. Some I’ve never seen again and others who have become my blood. I am from Peter Frampton Comes Alive. And from a suburb filled with orange groves. I am from Simon and Garfunkle while drifting in a bunk in a harbor slip outside of Larkspur. I am from knee highs and Dolphins and hours in a swimming pool until my eyes are red and my hair is stripped and my skin all a pruned. I am from mistakes and love.

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4 There's Just One Mommy July 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I did something like this in college. I wonder if I can find it somewhere….. I, too, am from Cabbage Patch Dolls and 45′s…. My kids don’t even know what those are!

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5 Elaine July 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I just LOVE the way this simple form of a post/poem helps us to get to know each other better. I loved doing this too when I posted it…

Your family sound amazing Maria.

I like to know where everyone is from. So awesome. :)

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6 MARIA July 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thanks so much Elaine – I really enjoyed this meme. It’s one of the better ones I’ve seen. Off to check out your post right now!!

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7 ModernMom July 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Oh I LOVED reading this! So much more then a Meme, a peek into who you are:) I don’t know how on earth I forgot to mention Old Spice in my “Where I’m From” My Dad always had a bottle on his dresser..right next to the gold watch.
Your family sounds amazing…

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8 MARIA July 6, 2011 at 1:28 am

Thanks so much Steph!!

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9 Making It Work Mom July 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I love this meme and you did a wonderful job with it.

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10 MARIA July 6, 2011 at 1:28 am

Thank you!!

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11 burghbaby July 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

You are from a very fantastic place. :-)

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12 MARIA July 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Thank you!!!

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13 parentclub July 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Love this! Good writing Maria

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14 MARIA July 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Thanks Caroline.

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15 pgoodness July 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Love this!!

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16 Kathy Ireland August 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Love this. Memes are usually so uninspiring. I am going to try this and post on my blog too. Thank you for sharing.

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