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I am from tractor rides,
hikes in a snowy forest, and bedtime stories.
I am from huddling by the heater in winter
while my daddy sat next to me.
I am from car rides at night with my sister.
I am from pretend tea parties.

I am from bits to whole pieces of peppermint.
I am from Clarence and Doris, Helen and Charles.
I am from one dollar bill surprises, fishing,
popsicles, and ramen noodles.
I am from vegetable gardens and Laundromats.

I am from the love of Laverne and Matthew.
I am from special prayers before bed and
sleeping on the side where the fan was.
I am from dance classes and Spongebob episodes.
I am from the dark hole of losing a parent.

I am from being called “Shirley Temple”
because of my curls and once very chubby cheeks.
I am from honor, love, and respect.
I am from encouragement, support and trust in God.
I am from those who believe.



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