Thanks to Christine for this one. I played with what it asked for as I suspect most people do. I didn't mean for it to be as negative seeming as it seems to seem, but maybe I'm just looking at it the way I tend. At the same time, if does come across as negative I have to remind myself that I didn't want to spend too much time with each line. I wanted this thing to come out of me in a way that I felt was being honest.
And then I remember and must accept that I over analyze everything, that I edit a lot, that I want to present things in a way that I'm at least okay, if not happy, with. I'm never altogether happy about it. But it's done, and that's all I can say for now.
And all that being said, I give you the thing below. It's called Where I'm From and is basically a set of writing prompts. It wasn't really fun, but if you want to play along go HERE.
I am from old toys from older brothers and out of style clothes.
I am from the white ranch style house where in the summer, if you would just lie still in bed you wouldn't be so hot and could get to sleep.
I am from the dogwood, the red clay, the pines and kudzu.
I am from setting the table and sitting down as a family for sandwiches and listening to Larry Munson on the radio while watching the game on tv with the sound turned down, from being one of many brothers so that we're all always and forever a Hullboy.
I am from the not really talking or being heard.
From because I said to.
I am from the same pew every single service, Sunday morning and night and Wednesday night, and missions conference and revival, men's prayer meeting.
I'm from South Dekalb and iced tea being the first thing I ever learned to make in the kitchen.
From only ever really knowing as family my parents and brothers, a couple of cousins and their parents, from a grandmother I never really remember liking as much as I liked that a night spent at her house meant a certain freedom.
I am from a random assortment of pictures at my parent's house as well as the new collections on the internet as the family I have moves into the twenty first century.