from Kool-Aid and tying a sheet to the box fan in the hallway.
I am from Juniper Street, metal swing set in the backyard
from Wilsons and Maynards and Hoovers and Riddles.
I’m from the grudge-holders
and the people pleasers
from the guess what? chicken butt and home again home again jiggity jig.
I’m from I’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart
and baptism and believing and falling and receiving.
General Mills cereal with prizes inside.
From the family trip to the Rocky Mountains and I touched a cloud.
The time my grandmother called me thunder thighs (never forgot)
in sticky spiral album pages were birthday parties and family reunions
my Raggedy Ann wallpaper
the canopy bed.
I am from that little girl, never knew she’d be big so fast
Stephanie Precourt journals her daily life with four kids at her blog, Adventures In Babywearing, and also writes parenting news at Strollerderby and NWIparent Magazine. This past spring she directed and produced a Listen To Your Mother show, featuring live readings about motherhood.
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