Where I'm From

I am from the Lake Road; from catfish and alligators swimming in the sun.

I am from the dirt road on the outskirts of town; quiet, dusty, and hot.

I am from the boon docks; from magnolias with Spanish moss and wisteria hanging from their branches, blowing in the breeze.

I am from Thanksgiving Family Reunions and stubborn pride; from Cherokees and Pilgrims.

I am from fiery tempers and fierce love.

From "be home before dark"; from bicycles and jars of fireflies.

I am from Southern Baptists and dinner on the grounds; musty-smelling hymnals, hard wooden pews; from Thou Shalt Not and Amazing Grace.

I’m from Florida crackers; from chicken & dumplings, boiled peanuts and banana pudding.

From my father's father with his moonshine still and goats; mama's daddy with his tobacco farm and pigs. From farmers tans and tractors; hard work from dawn till dusk.

I am from reel to reel silent movies; black and white pictures in an album and sepia photos with smiles on demand, all arranged in meticulous order by my Mama after we were grown.

I am from old-fashioned values; from country music and the salt of the Earth.

{Linking up very late to Mama Kat's workshop,
because this exercise truly called out to me.}


Myya said...

This was awesome. I love how descriptive you were.

Tara R. said...

This was lovely.

This was pure Florida: "... from magnolias with Spanish moss and wisteria hanging from their branches, blowing in the breeze."

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love this! Great writing.

anymommy said...

Mmmmm. I love it. The fireflies in a jar made me tear up a little. I used to love catching fireflies and I haven't seen one in a really long time.

Return of the Runner said...

Beautiful! I'm having so much fun going through all the I am From Posts and peeking into people's past.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I am just loving these! Nice to get to know you better!