I am from phrases that my grandpa used to say, including...
“Rags!” when Cameron and I wanted to hang upside down,
“I want to be stuck!” crawling between his long legs, not be able to move,
and, “Ready, set, go!” having races from the kitchen to the bathroom, after our french toast, pancakes, or waffles.
I am from collections starting in 2004, for example...
Hot Wheels, watching cars race around a track and performing stunts,
Legos, building cities, cars, and colossal thoughts I can imagine,
and, Pokemon TCG, trying to collect rare cards and when I find one, it feels like I achieved a goal that I once thought would be hard to complete.
I am from memories of school, such as...
singing to festive crowds in elementary school during Christmas and spring concerts,
receiving A’s and B’s at Arrowhead High School at the end of exams,
being passionate and kind,
and, managing the soccer teams, along with helping my coaches when they needed it most.
I am from childhood memories, for instance...
venturing into the vast woods with grandpa while looking at natural forms of life,
riding on bikes from our house onto the road for a bit and back again,
visiting Grandma’s house during Christmas and celebrating with family,
and, watching interesting movies at the theater and commenting about them in the car.