Her post is a poem, based on a writing exercise by George Ella Lyon and undertaken by other bloggers, including Sandy. You can read Sandy's poem Here and follow her links to the blogs that were her original inspiration.
Here is my version: I Am From...
I am from tall trees and dark forests,
sand dunes and big water.
I am from brown oak trees and acorns,
and the blazing colors of sugar maples.
I am from winding rivers,
and the "mitten" in between.
I'm from smokestacks and haystacks,
sidewalk hopscotch and dog walks on a country road.
I am from big straw hats and strings of perch,
shallow streams and petosky stones.
I am from baseball broadcast from a transistor radio,
and the roses in my grandfather's garden.
I'm from fields of wild daisies and grasshoppers,
tall grass and fire flies.
I am from spotted dogs and long haired cats,
herons at the pond and bats in the night.
I'm from stories read from books by my mother,
and stories told at the kitchen table over coffee.
I am from ballet and disco,
I am from old dogs and silly puppies,
pansies and peonies in my garden.
I am from the sound of a sewing machine,
and the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven.
I'm from wrestling with brothers and braiding sister's hair,
swimming lessons and life lessons.
old movies late at night and rocking chairs.
I am from needle and thread, paint and paper,
and singing in the choir.
I'm from laundry hanging on the line,
I'm from white gloves and Sunday school,
and "Midnight in Paris" perfume.
I am from the comfort of a roaring fire,
and backyard picnics on warm summer days.
I am from Louisiana and Arkansas,
and small towns in Canada.
I am from loss and opportunity,
sadness and joy.
the goal attained and dreams lost in the mist of time.
I am from the chosen path and the road less traveled by.
I am from love and deprivation,
family and strangers that passed in the night.
I'm from going it alone and a journey together.
I am from generations past,
and babies that would not be.
I am from renewal
and hope for the future.