I am from the old style home with big, wide staircases, wrap around porches, railings and slate sidewalks.
I am from the forsythias, the pussy willows and lilacs.
I am from Sintra Klas and oli bollens, and singing hymns around the piano, from Anthonie and Aleida, and Sterenborgs and Eelmans.
I am from the weather watchers, the campers, the nurses, and the typists, the oil burner repairmen, the bakers and the cooks. I am from sea captains and fine keepers of the home.
I am from being afraid of what was hiding in dark closets. I am from staying away from old men in the park, not accepting candy from "bums" and not accepting rides from strangers.
I am from jumpropes and double-dutch, hopscotch and handmade beanbags, swings and seesaws, sandboxes and tricycles.
I am from knowing God loves me, died for me, and that I will be with Him, my Mom and Dad someday. I am from being forgiven, loved. I am from a God of second chances.
I'm from New Jersey, Holland - Texel and Amsterdam, boterkoek and chocolate chip cookies.
I am from the Dad who turned over outhouses as a child, pushed the peddles on the old Dutch pipe organ for his blind uncle as he played. I am from the dad who delivered coal, fixed oil burners, and fixed my bike. I am from the Mother who could knit, crochet, tat and sew anything without a pattern or a chart, and the stepmom who gave every ounce of her being to make my father happy.
I am old stuff, like linens and handmade quilts. I am old kitchen utensils, buttermolds, and rolling pins. I am old hymbooks, old recipes, old lace, and old pictures.
I am from my heart, my soul, my feelings, my prayers. I am from words that need to be written, hugs that need to be given, prayers that need to be prayed and tears that need to be shed.
I am from the Poet's Heart and I love to write and His Songs!
When I read Deb's version of "Where I am From" on another Blog, Manitoba Gardens, I just knew I had to join Deb and write my own. There is an invite there for all of you to do the same.
28. A warm, loving hug from a neighbor and friend. It didn't need words to tell me her heart!
29. The smell of beans cooking on the stove!
30. A surprise gift in the mail that smelled of lavender -- so wonderful!!!!!
31. A beautiful card with promises of prayer and love.
32. The treat of bacon for breakfast!