Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Where I'm From

Seems like I'm having a meme sort of week around here. Yesterday I completed two memes I was recently tagged for, and today I have something a bit different. I found this at A Slice of Life quite a long time ago, and have been meaning to do it myself but hd never gotten around to it. Finally, here it is:

Where I Am From

I am from ballet shoes, from "coma com pao" chocolate bars dad would bring home from work and the wide open sea a few steps away.

I am from the tiny two room house on the beach, small and dank, filled with the sounds of mom in the kitchen singing African songs.

I am from four foot high ferns, sugarcanes in the back yard, lilypads that grew on land, the countless plants nurtured by my mother's touch, the trees I'd climb, secret hiding spots, and the sand beneath my feet on the way to the beach.

I am from large dinners with too much food and loud voices, louder laughter, from Avo Odilia and Grandpa Frank and Vovo Ana.

I am from the hard working and determined laborers, and the story tellers with tales of survival and perseverence.

From "I am Proud of you, you should be proud of yourself" and "It's their loss, don't let them get to you".

I am from grandma teaching me to pray at night, seeing God in everyday things, church on Sundays, but only if it feels right, never doubting that faith is what's inside.

I'm from Africa, Portugal, the U.S. of A., starting over again and again, knowing home is where the heart is. From "Muamba" and "caldo verde", "papo secos" and "linguica".

I am from parents who knew they'd met the love of their lives on the day they met, from a family of refugees, fleeing a country in civil war, although they'll always hold it as paradise in their hearts, from a third try, where the streets where supposed to be paved in gold.

I am from photo albums filled with memories, journals filled with poetry, video tapes filled with laughter. I am from stories of survival, renewal, revival. Books inherited from my grandmother, heirlooms gifted by another.

I am from a history of struggle, a present of love, a future of dreams. I am.

This was a lot of fun to do. IF you would like to attempt this yourself, go here for the template and instructions.

10 comments:

The Mama Bear said...

I really like that and you did a wonderful job.
I tucked the template away for when I have more time to write.

Jannis said...

AWESOME!
I love caldo verde, you should post a recipe for it.

Beckie said...

You did a fantastic job with this!

It is funny that you did it - I have this very meme sitting in my unpublished posts. It would be fun if all of the She Who Blogs women did one of these and posted it on the SWB site (just a thought).

JennieBoo said...

I so enjoyed learning more about you.

This was a fun meme to read and looks like a fun one to do as well!

Happy week!

Frances said...

This is a must post for the group site.
I could see it all on my mind's screen.
Much bloglove,
Frances

tumblewords said...

Spellbinding! This is a lovely post!

Pamela said...

this was a beautiful entry.
I've seen several before.
Each one has been enchanting.

Julia Smith said...

Wow, Karina - this is absolutely gorgeous. You KNOW I'm going to do it. Probably for Poetry Train Monday.

This is just exquisite:

"I am from four foot high ferns, sugarcanes in the back yard, lilypads that grew on land, the countless plants nurtured by my mother's touch, the trees I'd climb, secret hiding spots, and the sand beneath my feet on the way to the beach."

I also love:

"I am from large dinners with too much food and loud voices, louder laughter, from Avo Odilia and Grandpa Frank and Vovo Ana."

Karina said...

Mama Bear, thanks, it really is a great thing to do, can't wait to read yours.

Jannis, I will do just that in the future sometime.

Beckie, I think that's a great idea, you should suggest that to our fearless leader!

Jennieboo, you should do it, you'll enjoy it.

Frances, I'd be happy to have it on the group site, I'll send it to you.

Tumblewords, thank you.

Pamela, thanks, and I agree, all the ones I've seen have been wonderful.

Thank you so much Julia! And knowing how much I love your way with words, I can't wait to read yours.

bleeding espresso said...

Looks like we have a lot in common from our Where I'm Froms...not like I doubted it ;)

Funny, too, how we had both seen this a *long* time ago, but just finally decided to post this within a week or so of another.

Huh.