I am from small town charm with big city dreams, from
I am from a gray house on a busy street, a backyard full of dogs, and toys, and dirt and the sounds of children playing in the neighborhood.
I am from tumbleweeds and Joshua trees, the warm brown earth of the desert and gusty winds tangling blond hair on an impossibly starry night.
I am from Christmas celebrations with the scent of baked goods wafting through out the house, and tons of presents surrounding a 7 foot tree. From a tight knit band of Nomads, from Drinkwine's and Clausen's.
I am from stubbornness, resilience, and incredible hot tempers, and kind and loving hearts. From softball games and riding bikes for hours around the block.
I am from "which part of NO don't you understand?" and "You can do anything you want as long as you're happy." From reading Nancy Drew with my mom, and reaching for the starts and dreaming big.
I am from faithful Lutherans, and my own freedom of choice. From coloring while snuggling against mom or Aunt Jan during the sermons and testing the waters of religion and faith.
I am from the golden state, perpetually tan and French wine tasters, perpetually drunk. From rich Cabernet's and Del Taco and pizza.
I am from my grandfather's purple heart from WWII, from classic cars and trips to Disneyland with my brother and sister, listening to the
I am from endless books of photos tucked away in a dark closet, video taped dance recitals, the smell of peppermint, a thousand happy memories tucked into private corners of my mind.
And I can hardly ask to be from more.
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