>Red Writing Hood: Who I Am

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Using this prompt to fill in the blanks, I give you where I’m from….

I am from spatzle made by hand in a cast iron skillet, from authentic Gummi Bears that have crossed the ocean, and wooden stacking dolls with hidden surprises inside.

I am from the Cape Cod filled with country boys and Monday Night Football with Bocephus and the Super Bowl Shuffle. From broken cars that fill the front yard, and rednecks racing in circles on a track.

I am from the silk roses on a kitchen table, from buttercups that reveal a passion for butter. From  honeysuckle so strong it stays with you, and Easter mornings filled with yellow daffodils.

I am from the Island of Misfit Toys and a quirky sense of humor, and Dorothy, Oma, and Bass. I am from family gatherings at Grandma’s, uncles preaching in other states, and brothers playing practical jokes.

I am from “you need to get those kids to church” and no pants on females allowed. From “don’t slam the door” and “you will be late for your own funeral”.

I am from the Shalt Not Baptists, rigid in rules yet strong on faith. From those not afraid to raise their hands in praise, filled with grace, and wrought with love.

I’m from Virginia is for lovers and Germany, baked ham and hot apple cider. I’m from Fredericksburg and Ireland, shamrocks and the Blarney Stone.

I’m from the World War II American hero and his German frau, making the front page of the Washington Post because he married the enemy grandfather, and the stories my grandmother told of overseas.

I am from the photo albums, and framed pictures on the wall, passed down from generation to generation over the years, sharing our smiles, our school years, our missing teeth. From an ancient and yellowing wedding photo, to the birth of a newborn babe.

This is where I am from, and where I am from makes me who I am.

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17 thoughts on “>Red Writing Hood: Who I Am

  1. >I'm a slow reader!So much I could relate to in this – I laughed at the buttercups revealing a passion for butter! My grandfather preached in Fredricksburg, VA for many years. I have many not-so-found memories of the long drives there to visit, while we were living in Blacksburg, torturing my brother in the backseat. She's touching me! He's looking at me!

  2. >Assolutamente d'accordo con lei. In questo nulla in vi e 'una buona idea. Pronta a sostenere voi.Condivido pienamente il suo punto di vista. Buona idea, sono d'accordo con lei.

  3. >"'m from the World War II American hero and his German frau, making the front page of the Washington Post because he married the enemy grandfather" – I'm assuming (so correct me if I'm wrong) this is your grandfather you were talking about. That sounds like such a powerful love story. This prompt has brought out a lot of our family histories, as is the purpose, and I'm so glad to be getting a peek at other people's pasts. Thank you for sharing, this is beautiful! Thank you for your kind words on my blog as well. πŸ™‚

  4. >"I am from photo albums and framed pictures on the wall"…I love that line! I come from there, too! Your words flow so perfectly! Thank you for your very kind words on my blog – your support means a lot.

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