WHERE I’M FROMI am from the Mirror On My Wall, from Cracker Barrel and Pepsi.
I am from the lovely old, brick, white-painted rooms apartment complex, cinnamon and spice home where the cat roams.
I am from the red roses and green grass, the huge maples of reds, yellows and golds.
I am from the annual Christmas parties and Thanksgiving dinners, from Grandmother D and Uncle Jim and the family whose Dad was adopted and only child.
I am from the minor family uproars but who loves each other to death and the ones who have seen an entire country or two.
I am from the Tooth Fairy leaves me money for lost teeth and although Santa brings presents on Christmas Day, it is the Christ Child that is most important.
I am from the United Methodist Church to Catholic Church, who was raised to believe that God should always come first in your life.
I’m from the home of the Grand Ole Opry, where Elvis still lives, where mac 'n cheese and bologna sandwiches run supreme.
From the southern backwoods of Missouri, where you really do walk five miles to school, first to arrive and start the wood burning stove, from the father who could see details behind the camera like no one else could and a mother who believed in health and spirituality, from an uncle who's peacefulness and love of nature I must have inherited, although he was never known to me.
I am from moldy scrapbooks, whose edges are frail and the boxes of Kodak slides gently placed on a shelf among other white boxes full of the images of my youth. I am from the pages of yellowed albums passing the moments tucked in to rickety book shelves that holds the camera waiting to make more memories for the generations to reveal. Blessings of a large and loving family.
Written by MR...aka Naila Moon
September 22, 2011