Where I’m coming from

by DaniGirl on November 27, 2007 · 9 comments

in It IS all about me, Memes

An interesting meme on identity, pilfered from daysgoby. I’m not convinced I’ve done it justice.

I am from paperback books, from Lays BBQ chips in a turquoise bowl, and from orange shag rugs.

I am from primary-coloured paint chipping from cold metal playground bars, from a blue two-wheeler with a white banana seat and high-rise handle bars, from dog-eared lined notebooks and fat red pencils.

I am from the bruised green sky of a pending thunderstorm, from snow that works its way under even the most tightly wrapped scarf, from sleeveless shirts on starry summer nights.

I am from the raspberries and the lilacs, from red rosebushes crawling up the trellis and emerald green lawns carefully tended. From yellow brick houses with gingerbread trim, and wide straight streets with towering trees.

I am from presents on Christmas Eve, from crepes made from scratch, from Kiefers and McLeods and even deBeers – yes, those deBeers, but too far removed to inherit any diamonds.

I am from the laughter and the bliss.

From you are my shining star and you can do it. From you can’t play with us. From we don’t want her on our team, you take her, but we don’t want her either.

I am from Jesus Christ Superstar crossed with the Force and belief in a higher power. From but why? From how can you know?

I’m from kilts and Delftware and the Maple Leaf, from potato salad and rice-a-roni at Christmas, from hagelslag on buttered rye bread triangles, from canned spaghetti on french fries.

From the Mosel river valley, where the voices of ten brothers and sisters raised in song flowed through the vineyards and over the sundial, from twin brothers who married sisters, and from highschool sweethearts.

I am from patriotism and respect and kindness, from endurance and appreciation, from storytellers. I am from love.

(Feel free to play along.)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Trixie November 27, 2007 at 8:45 am

Wow! I think this might be the best thing you’ve ever written. It’s stunning. Seriously. Wow…

2 daysgoby November 27, 2007 at 10:19 am

I love this. Really love this. Most of all, I like imagining your voice saying it.

Thanks for doing this!

3 mamatulip November 27, 2007 at 11:27 am

This was fantastic, Dani.

4 Nora Bee November 27, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Amazing. You did it justice, of course. Of course!

5 Mac and Cheese November 27, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Loved it too!

6 revdrmom November 27, 2007 at 9:47 pm

This is really great. I’ll give it a try later in the week.

7 James November 28, 2007 at 5:55 pm


8 patois November 28, 2007 at 6:03 pm

I don’t know about the original — I haven’t seen it — but that is flat-out marvelous.

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