A couple of my blog friends recently did this (Magpie Musing and Jason); I've done it before, but decided to do it again and use the same template they used. I do this writing assignment with students of all ages and the thing that is wonderful about it is that it is always different and always amazing. I invite you to play along--if you do, come back and link it in my comments so I can be sure to see it.
I am from ashtrays, lemon Pledge and Mexican pottery.
I am from the Pacific Ocean, manicured suburbs, long, hot summer afternoons spent at the community pool.
I am from Eucalyptus trees, big pots of pink impatiens and pines towering over a pup tent; from windowsill basil, mixed baskets of trailing petunias and lantana and camellias blooming through the winter.
I am from pick-your-menu-all-day birthdays and being outspoken, from Carol, from Lucille, from Dennis and Grant; from sort of two fathers and sort of no father at all.
I am from alcoholics and depressives, from anger and mental illness, from empathy and kindness.
From “you will be beautiful (once you grow up)” and “my, aren’t you assertive.”
I am from an atheist who encouraged me to make up my own mind.
I am from Glendale, California and Scotland and England and Germany and France and the tiniest bit of Cherokee. I am from tossed green salads that always had avocado and homemade dressing and baked potatoes heaped with butter, sour cream and chives.
From my mother coming home, at 17-years old, to all her belongings on the lawn; from my grandmother being at once loving and certifiably crazy. I am from a father that was never there, but a mother that did her best on her own.
I am from treasured costume jewelry, a shoebox of faded photos, unlabeled super-eight film, a treasure trove of cookbooks and every kitchen utensil Williams-Sonoma ever sold. I am from my mother’s hand-written recipes and the memories of the meals she made with love and copious amounts of time.
I am from breaking the cycle and from keeping the best and changing the rest.
The template can be found here.