I am from stuffed animals,
Dog toys scattered across the floor,
I am from gymnastics equipment,
Used to practice before meets for hours.
I am from muddy ditches,
Retaining wall bricks, and
Trek planks that we spent summers
Putting together to form a deck.
I am from trampolines,
Pets of every size and species
I am from 15 huge boxes of Christmas decorations,
German salads on Christmas Eve, and
Waking up early on Christmas to open presents.
I am from church on Easter Sunday,
Egg hunts, and
Yearly trips to Morro Bay.
I am from, “but those who hope on the Lord
Will renew their strength.”
From prayers before dinner, but
Not any other meal because apparently
We aren’t thankful for breakfast or lunch.
I am from Snuggle Puppy,
A Charlie Brown Christmas,
And trips to Disneyland
Every chance we get.
I am from the place I call home,
A place that taught me to be determined,
I am from all of these
And I am me.