I am from front loaders,
from Tide and Bounty.
I am from pasta,
from chocolate and memorabilia.
I am from flowering plums,
rosemary bushes and avocado trees.
I am from a trampoline,
bouncy like a kangaroo.
I am from the hammock in the back,
swining like a palm tree's branch.
I am from hating the Dodgers
and loving the Giants.
I am from rooting for the best team,
which implies the Sharks, Warriors, and Steelers.
I am from changing the channel
as soon as a commercial comes on.
I am from being polite
wherever you are.
I am from Coca-Cola lovers
and Pepsi haters.
I am from a family where saying "No problem"
is like saying a cuss word.
I am from Dawn and Bill's branch,
mayonnaise and garlic.
I am from "If you're not early you're late" ,
and "Wars were fought and lost
in the time it takes you to get ready."
I am from spaghetti and meatballs,
from corned beef and cabbage.
I am from those memories,
stuck in my head like a song,
Just another leaf of my family tree