I am from Door County,
where I swing my driver, on a 80 degree day.
I am from the beaches of Florida
where my friends and I relax as waves hit the sand.
We play frisbee, listen to old Queen albums.
I am from car drives with my family
as we embark through the Dakotas.
I am from a family who would rather see the world
than stare through the window.
I’m from a house atop a hill
as the aroma of apple pie fills my lungs.
I’m from walks in the woods
where the wind roars, and birds chirp like a train’s horn.
I am from the rocks skipping across the water
and frogs leap like gazelles from lily pad to lily pad.
I am from the study sessions by the lagoon
as I listen to nature take her course
I’m from the life stories my mom tells me before bed.
The saying, “Be the man you want to be,
not the man they need you to be.”
I’m from the sleepless nights where my friends and I watch
the football games and yell at the bad calls.
I’m from the boat rides headed towards the sunset
while I get air like a bird on my wakeboard.
I am from a family who like to risks
because if you don’t take risks life is boring.
A family that loves sports and Sunday,
and house like a herd of frightened buffalo.
A family, no matter what time of year it is, loves to be outside.
A family who is bursts with energy like fire on dried leaves.
I am from a family with attributes that will be cherish,
and who will give them to the next generation.