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I Am From

I am from books, Barbie dolls, and obscurity.

I am from rocks and driftwood, and exploring suburban woods as if I were there first; from raised ranches and colonials.

I am from cinnamon-toast-and-hot-cocoa-for-Sunday-supper-while-watching-The-Wonderful-World-Of-Disney and I am from resistance.

I am from square dances and playing 20 Questions on long car trips, from The Great Turkey Hunt and Boys?! It looks like the Old Pup has been here!

In my blood I am from Coxe and Griffin, from Bornschein and Valentine. I am from divorce and remarriage a more than a few times, from steps and halves, and so I am from Lindsay and Elder and several others as well.

I am from humble and proud, from self-loathing and bravado. I am from conflict and confrontation and contradiction.

I am from solitude and addiction and anxiety; I am from do as I say not as I do and what you see on the outside is not what’s happening on the inside.

I am from life is hard and everything works out the way it is supposed to. I am from don’t rock the boat and do something constructive.

I am from white-anglo-saxon-protestant faded to nothing.

I am a Yankee Doodle Dandy from the gentle western hills of the fifth state, the Constitution State of Connecticut, and more distantly from England, Scotland, Germany, Wales, France.

I am from meatloaf, tuna noodle casserole, and Jell-O parfaits; from formal six-course gourmet extravaganzas, with pomp and circumstance and forks, knives and spoons in the proper order because Someday you might have dinner at the White House and you’ll need to know your manners!

But more than any of these things, I am most powerfully from me.

This post was inspired by A Day In My NYC who was inspired by a writing template you can find here Where Are You From?


  • MizFit
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Beyond lovely.

  • Posted August 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m speechless it is just so beautiful. I love every part of where you are from, mostly because it makes you the wonderful person I get to call a friend! :) xo

  • Posted August 31, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Inspired, elegant, colorful….like a stained glass window.

  • Mitzi
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Lovely, <3

  • Posted August 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    This is so excellent! I couldn’t begin to muster a list like that. Great job Karen!

  • Posted September 1, 2011 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Oh Karen! This is SO beautiful! I just love it and may have to see if I can figure out just where I am from, too! I love visiting you here in cyberspace. Thanks for sharing your generous spirit with all of us!

  • Posted September 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yoginibunny
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    I was lead to your page by Deborah at DebbieScribble. I really like this ‘I am from…’ and as I read hers and continued onto yours, I realized this assignment is going to be challenging. There will be lots of self reflection as I work on this. I also enjoyed reading and observing how Deb’s and yours are so different, each so unique and beautiful. “I am from solitude and addiction and anxiety” really resonated with me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted September 3, 2011 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    I forgot about The Wonderful World of Disney! <3

    I adore these posts (and they're fun to write, too!) – thank you for sharing with us! :)

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