February 7th, 2011
This PROMPT is based on one I wrote in 2008. As I said then:
“I think this started as a meme. I’ve read several outstanding versions of it over the last year, and I thought I’d like to offer it as a PROMPTuesday, so…
This week, tell us who you are, what’s inside, where you’re from. Share your memory fragments, those visions in your head, those figments that make you, you. What bits and pieces formed your whole? Are you whole? Tell us.
The original meme asked for the basic “I am from” format below, so let’s keep it like that. And if you know the person who created this meme in the first place, tell them thanks for me. I think it’s powerful.
I am from fjords and potatoes.
I am from bunny cakes and Lay’s tuna casserole.
I am from wood-paneled station wagons and Helen Reddy 8-tracks.
I am from running in Wisconsin woods and climbing trees, from rolling in grass with sappy fingers.
I am from twilight in cul de sacs and marinas, from Ghosts in the Graveyard, from falling on glass.
I am from tended field and strawberry rhubarb picked for pie.
I am from airplanes and mountain roads, from asphalt and pine.
I am from backyard barbecues, rusty swingsets and August rain.
I am from plaid skirts, bowling trophies and wooden rulers.
I am from metal pie tins, lefse, and spritz.
I am from bawdy women, from rouge smeared by tears.
I am from pulling fingers for farts.
I am from squeaky bar stools, beer in cans, and Wurlitzer jukeboxes.
I am from a canopy bed in green chiffon.
I am from Styx’s Paradise Theater and Rick Springfield’s Working Class Dog.
I am from Doctor Demento and Svengali. From UHF and antennas.
I am from sailboat races, toboggans and haunted houses.
I am from onionskin Bibles in gold leaf, corniced Grandfather clocks, and silver dollars saved in shoeboxes, for when it rains.
Looking forward to this! Meanwhile, check out the PROMPTuesday archives here.”
That was THEN. For TODAY’S PROMPTuesday, I’d like to riff on this idea. Don’t write where you’ve been, write where you are. You can still use the “I am…” format but make it reflective of who you are TODAY.
If you would, post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.