George Ella Lyons is an Appalachian author and poet.She has written many children's books. Her poem, WHERE I'M FROM follows:
Where I'm From by George Ella Lyons
I am from clothespins, from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride. I am from the dirt under the black porch. (Black, glistening it tasted like beets.) I am from the forsythia bush, the Dutch elm whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.
I'm from fudge and eyeglasses, from Imogene and Alafair. I'm from the know-it-alls and the pass-it-ons, from perk up and pipe down. I'm from He restoreth my soul with a cottonball lamb and ten verses I can say myself.
I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch, fried corn and strong coffee. From the finger my grandfather lost to the auger the eye my father shut to keep his sight. Under my bed was a dress box spilling old pictures, a sift of lost faces to drift beneath my dreams. I am from those moments- snapped before I budded- leaf-fall from the family tree.
Brooke and Quilly and Gawpo followed the format below, and did their own "I am from"...and I love them! Haven't done mine yet, but I think everyone should, and then frame them. Beautiful.
I am from____________________(specific ordinary item) from ______________(product name) and ______________________.
I am from the ___________________(home description...adjective, adjective, sensory detail).
I am from the ____________(plant, flower, natural item), the _________________(plant, flower, natural detail).
I am from __________________(family tradition) and ___________(family trait), from ________________(name of family member) and _________________(another family name), and ___________________(family name).
I am from ____________________(description of family tendency) and ________________(another one).
From __________________________(something you were told as a child) and ____________(another).
I am from ____________________________(representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.
I am from ___________________(place of birth and family ancestry), ______________ (two food items representing your family).
From the ______________(specific family story about a specific person and detail), the ______________(another detail), and ______________________________(another detail about another family member).
I am from ___________________(location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).
Arizona doesn't 'spring ahead' to day light savings time - being a state that declares the last thing they need is another hour of daylight. The whole thing about daylight savings time doesn't make sense to me any longer, it isn't needed now - but that is very low on my 'rant' list. And my rant list is very very short, for which I'm grateful.
I'm missing my family, friends, and home! I talked with my son, daughter-in-law, and three of the four grandbabies last night - for nearly an hour and a half! It felt so good. Of course, I love to talk to my 'baby' boy, and talking to the kids is a riot. In fact, I was talking to my six year old grandson - while he was under a blanket. Where he's vowed to stay until his video game privileges are returned. Seems as how he's not a very gracious loser and becomes other than a 'gentleman' when he loses, so the parents have declared games 'off limits' for a while. Also seems as how he thinks they are going to CARE if he stays hidden under a blanket!
I talked longest with my daughter-in-law, who catches me up on all that's going on in their world and how every one is doing. She's one of the blessings in my life - she loves and tolerates my son, and is the best mommy in the world to my grandbabies. Aside from loving her - I LIKE her. I like who she is. And what she stands for. And what she won't. Today I made this bookmark to send to her.
This morning we joined a gathering around another of the RV's, to say another good-bye, to winter friends who are heading out for their real homes. I envy them their leaving. We learned something by sitting in the same locale for 4-1/2 months this year - and that is that no matter how much we love the scenery - we never want to sit in one place this long again.
We plan on researching some areas on our trip North, and finding some other places to stay next winter. We have decided we will move more often next winter. This three winters of traveling have been learning experiences for us. And we've found there's a fine line, which can be hard to define, between moving and sitting still. Unhooking your tow car every day, backing the RV in a site, and hooking up to sewer, water, electric - and then unhooking sewer, water, electric, and hooking the tow car up the next day, can really get old in a hurry. But so can sitting in one area for several months, get really old in a hurry, once you've seen the sights, etc.
We always have lots of factors to consider - the big one of them being the longer you stay in one park - the less expensive it is. Weekly and monthly rates make quite a difference. We could spend almost the same amount traveling home in 6 weeks for site 'rent' - as we spent sitting in one place for nearly five months. I think we're pretty well done with our 'planning' now, and will be heading out in about 10 days. We've made some reservations at different parks here in Arizona and in California and Oregon, and though we've paid here until the end of the month - we will be leaving in about 10 days. I'm ready! Or I will be - as soon as I shampoo all the rugs, defrost the fridge, fill the freezer, and secure everything that can move!