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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Where I'm From

Inspired by Carla Gade's writing prompt at http://writingtodistraction.blogspot.com/:



I am from Ellis Island and mystery, high school sweethearts and faith hope and charity. I am from strong women, three mothers and loneliness. I am from poodles and chocolate glazed mayonnaise cake. I’m from red velvet dresses and braided rugs.

I am from rocks and rills, crashing waves and fog horns. I am from “ayuh” and Hahvahd Yahd. I’m from biting black flies and chirping chickadees. I’m from lilac bushes in spring and bouquets of wildflowers in summer. I’m from riding bicycles around the block and long walks along the coast line. I’m from Yaz and the Big Cat, marching band and Number 7. I’m from three-room schools and Chizzle Wizzle.

I am from “Do not ask what your country can do for you” and “I have a dream” and “Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote.” I am from My Boy Bill and Bach and the Beatles. I’m from Dr. Seuss and Nancy Drew, Charles Dickens and Dick Francis. I’m from “those were the days” and Walton’s mountain.

I’m from the Other Son of Man and “if it was Greek, I’d understand it.” I’m from Vacation Bible School and “In the beginning.” I’m from Sunday night hymn sings and “Wonderful Grace of Jesus.” I’m from “Why?” Doesn’t Matter Anymore. I’m from neither height nor depth and from the deep, deep love of Jesus.

5 comments:

Kay Day said...

I love this, Darlene. I would never have pegged you for a New Englander. You don't have any accent left. I love it there. My in-laws used to live outside of Boston.

Sonia said...

Congratulations Darlene!

Deborah said...

Very nice...I'm from some of those too!

heidi330 said...

Hi Darlene, I'm new to your books but I have enjoyed what I have read so far. Thank you for the chance to win one but I'm still going to go buy the others.

Thanks again,
Heidi

Darlene Franklin said...

Heidi, you know the way to an author's heart! Kay, yup, I'm a native New Englander. Sonia, Deborah, lovely of you to stop by and visit.