Sunday, January 07, 2007

Where I'm From

J and Maya's Granny were the first two people who I saw do this exercise. It's an unconventional and descriptive way to write about your roots. I loved it, so I thought I'd try it myself. If you'd like to try it for yourself, the template for this exercise can be found here.

I am from hugs, God bless yous, and I love yous. I am from the tree house in my backyard, from walkie-talkies, and playing “spy”. I am from the hibiscus flower, a descendant of the hibiscus king. I am from one present before bed on Christmas Eve and sister talks on cell phones, from Dede and Grampy, and Berta and Grampa. I am from divorce and let’s stick together. From you are special today, don’t you talk back young lady, where’s my hug?, and ¡guapa, tranquila! I am from Jesus loves you and believing it with all my heart. I'm from Kansas City and Texas, California and the Northeast. From sourdough bread and warm soup when it’s cold, and Tex-Mex all year long. From the triumphant trio, the postman, the Helena Rubenstein cosmetics salesman, the rodeo cowboy, and the stay at home mom. I am from old family photos that I recently discovered, scrabble games in front of the fire, Irish songs I’ve never heard and Irish blessings I’ve only read, from spunk and gumption, from passion and dreams, and the greatest of these is Love.

Description of photos from top to bottom:

-My grandmother Berta and her family. She is the second smallest child in the line-up.

-My sister, Dad, and me.

-My mom's side of the family plus my brother-in-law and eSuitor (now my fiancé!).


ML said...

I love this exercise/meme...I'm not sure what it's called. Anyway, love the pictures too!

Cherry said...

That was so beautiful. I haven't checked out the template yet, but that flowed so well and was full of touching insight into where Starshine is from.

And can I say that I don't think you and your sister could look anymore alike. Gorgeous. Can I please have your hair?

Thank you for the lovely comment about my pictures.

Jennifer, aka Friend of a Friend said...

Moved me and touched my heart. I did it for myself, and sent it to my family. Enjoyed it very much, and enjoy reading your blog.

beenzzz said...

This is such a wonderful display of family and life! I'm so glad you have such fond memories of growing up. You have a beautiful family!!!

Anonymous said...

Loved it! Saved the link.
I'm glad I'm not the only person who comes from grandparents with many siblings. My mother has 5 siblings herself. My husband thinks it's crazy. His family had few children and more money. ;)

J said...

Wow, really great job Starshine! I loved it!

Love the pictures, and I love your jeans in that last pic, too. :) Too cute!

Love Bears All Things said...

I loved it. Who is the lady on the far right who looks so much like you?

Maya's Granny said...

I love yours. Isn't it amazing, how each person is unique?