Where I’m From

“Mama, I forgot to give you this on Christmas,” he said. Apparently, I am not the only writer in the family…

Where I’m From

I am from snowboarding, from play dough and Lucky Charms
I am from the basement, warm, safe and my favorite place to be
I am from the aloe and the delicious goo inside
I am from the giant bottle of beer and the lol’s, from Olivia and Abby and Arron
I am from the alcohol and obsessive shower time
From “Go to your room” and “clean the dishes”
I am from no church even though we tried it once. It was too corny.
I’m from New Jersey, England and not yet Seattle. New Jersey root beer float and hot dogs
From the famous attack of 9/11 that took my dad and created my author mom
I am from mom’s glass doored cased filled with all precious things. A gold ring wrapped in a purple bag that my mom finally showed me, and a marriage ring.

— Carter, age 10

And Olivia made this in her ceramics class. Could be in a gallery somewhere.
A proud mama and her talented kids… ahhh.

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  1. Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) January 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Both are so beautiful … your kids AND their talents.

  2. julyne January 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I was blown away by the poem and then when I looked at the plate, I was blown away again. Really pretty amazing. Julyne

  3. Crash Course Widow January 8, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Wow, Abby! Fabulous, wonderful, priceless treasures from your precious children. Love that Carter mentioned his dad and 9/11 too. Powerful and amazing.

  4. Boo January 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    wow, I don't think I could have created that ceramic plate, or written that poem, and I am 45!! Wonderful. You are clearly a nurturing mom and spend a lot of time channeling your children's talents and energy – mentoring them. I hope you are proud of yourself as well as them!

  5. Roads January 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

    If you'll forgive the phrase (I'm sorry I can't phrase it better) they seem pretty well-adjusted to their lot.

    All credit to you!

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