Monday, February 11, 2008

I Am From

I was visiting Meggie, and I saw that she had taken a challenge from Molly Bawn. I decided to try my hand at what they are doing.


I AM FROM

I am from quite dusty roads, deep roadside ditches, rich black farmland, magnificent red cedar trees, whispering pines, and swinging vines.


I am from the old family home place, never painted, weather boarded, with the long front porch and the two front doors.


I am from the yellow daffodils, wild grapes, sweet plum trees, blue berry thickets hidden in the woods, wild roses, and sweet green clover.


I am from hard working people, independent, and fiercely private. Some land owners, some share croppers, some merchants, some preachers.

I am from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, American by birth, Southern by the Grace of God! Never forgetting when the Yankees came through and where the money and the moonshine were hidden.

I am from immediate family who didn’t believe, and other family members who were deeply religious. I thank GOD for loving and saving me.

I am from small town eastern North Carolina in the USA, with ancestors from across the big seas and natives from the homeland. I was raised on collard greens, pork, potatoes, and corn bread.

From my father, I get my dark brown eyes, dark hair, and my easily tanned skin. I get my smarts from my blue-eyed grandfather and my temper from my grandfather’s mother. I get my love of family from my blue-eyed mother and my father’s mother. Other traits, I can only wonder about. My mother’s parents died when she was a child.

I am from tobacco fields, long rows of corn, strawberry patches, garden plots, easy summer breezes, sand holes, canals, farm ponds, and ancient grave yards.

23 comments:

Pen Pen said...

That was pretty... love it! You did a good job describing yourself and where you are from.

Sandy said...

Very inspirational

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Ann,
I loved reading where you are from. It sounds so wonderful to be from a place like that. The picture is beautiful also. When you have time, please stop by. I have 3 Awards for you from my yesterday's post. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Pat said...

What a wonderful job you did with this - I really enjoyed learning just who you are and where you are from. I'd say you came from all things good!
I did this same exercise last year and found it challenging and very fulfilling. Maybe I'll re-post it, if I can dig it up!!

The Babysitters Love said...

You have a temper? I think that's hilarious! I can't imagine my sweet Grandma Ann having anything close! I love your descriptive blog. I don't know if I could write one... I think I may try though. That looks like fun :)

Willow said...

Lovely!
(Oh dear. I'm a Yankee! But, honest, I didn't take any of the money or the moonshine!)

meggie said...

I loved reading this! Thankyou for doing it, it is wonderfully descriptive.
There are so many things we could say or tell, & to pare it down is quite an art.
Thankyou, again!

Michele said...

Lovely post! I agree with Sandy, it's very inspirational!

I'm so glad I popped in. :-)

Smiles,
Michele

mreddie said...

I enjoyed this look into your life, thanks. We are curiously made up of what our ancestors gave us genetically and what our experiences have made us but most importantly what God has made us and continues to create in us as we allow Him to do so. ec

Mississippi Songbird said...

oh, that's so peotic..I love it.you did a great job..
Have a Happy Valentines Week!

Renie Burghardt said...

Wow, Ann, you did a beautiful piece of writing here! I enjoyed finding out about you, and your corner of the planet sounds very nice. I love red cedar trees.

God bless!

Renie

janie said...

If someone told me to describe you, I think I would have used many of the same words you did.

I enjoyed reading about where you are from, but I loved learning who you are. Great post, Ann!

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deborah wilson said...

Ann,

You did an excellent job - this is a pretty piece.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Molly said...

This is lovely Mary...Aren't you glad you did it? Each one of us is our own little melting pot, with influences from all our ancestors stretching back and back into the depths of history....
I've added you to my list!

Alice said...

That was a lovely tribute to your roots. I enjoyed reading every word. I just learned by grandparents were from Cherokee North Carolina. I hope you don't mind but I read your post using their beautiful, soft Southern "accent."

Pen Pen said...

Wow Grandma...you are very creative! I loved reading your blog...love you! Happy Valentine's Day

Pen Pen said...

...oops I forgot to log out of Mama's blogger name.

-April

Merle said...

Dear Ann ~~ I enjoyed reading about your early life and where you came from. Very well done. Hope you had a
wonderful Valentines Day and thanks for your wishes. Glad you enjoy the jokes. Take care,Love, Merle.

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