What Anita and Shari did looked like fun, so I tried it too.
If it doesn’t make sense to you, here is the template that explains it.
Try it yourself. From the beautiful poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon.
I am from tin milk pails and homemade mayonnaise, from wet mittens and Sunlight lemon dish soap.
I am from the yellow house with brown trim in Saddle Hills county, from vegetable soup simmering and mud scrubbing.
I am from geraniums in big brown pots and a lilac bush whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.
I’m from arguments around the dinner table and not-so-pat answers,
From sweet Katherine the new bride
And from Kevin who left us too soon.
I’m from strangers at our table and always be at church and reading Time magazine.
I’m from Where do liars go
and Trust someone until they’ve given you reason not to
and Darling Clementine.
I’m from long trips to Pennsylvania.
I’m from Dawson Creek and Switzerland,
sauerkraut and stone ground whole wheat bread.
From the night dad burnt a hole in the blanket
when he carried a lantern to bed so he could read late in his Amish home.
From black and white pictures of pioneers in the snow
kept in a big box in the stairway by the scrabble game.
I am from book-ish Peacheys
and curly-haired Baers.
From brown eyes and sensitive consciences,
From hearty singing and perfectionism,
From homemade smoked bologna and the preaching of The Truth.
There’s this game going around on facebook that goes like this:
To start this year off in a positive way I’m participating in the Pay-it-Forward initiative… The first five people who comment on this status with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year- anything from a book, a ticket, a visit, something home-grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy. (If you think I don’t know you well enough to know your address – which could be an important piece of info considering you’re going to receive something from me – private message me with pertinent info please!)
These five people must make the same offer in their FB status and distribute their own joy. Simply copy this text onto your profile, (don’t share) so we can form a web of connection and kindness.
Let’s do more nice and loving things for each other in 2014, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other.
I’m tweaking this just a bit because I don’t like things that put people under bondage to pass on—like those old chain letters we used to get as girls–and that Victoria still gets. It’s not that I minded sending out the stickers or cards or whatever, but I always stopped short when I found out that I had to bother 12 more friends with the letter. Anyway. All this to say. The first five commenters on this blog post will get something from me in the mail. You need to comment here and not on Facebook. 🙂 Message me your address.
My “I am froms” are from the past and make me who I am today.
But where are you “from” right this minute?
Sick children and weekend aftermath?
Sunshine and snow?