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I am from Schwinn bikes and roller skates, from Big Wheels and Radio Flyers, from pizza bagels and toaster waffles, from Estee Lauder powder and from watching The Price is Right and playing Super Mario Bros.

I am from Clovernook Lane and from crocheted afghans and plaid couches and artwork-as-wallpaper and a giant Oldsmobile in the garage and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and the Mickey Mouse phone.

I am from lilac bushes and the old climbable tree with its big inviting branches.

I am from Football sundays and summer cookouts and ballet lessons and denim overalls and doing puzzles and afternoon baseball games. I am from Kudishes and Mintzes and Minas and Aarons and Charnas and Bertas and family names from the old country that Hitler was not able to erase.

I am from the never-say-nos and from the more stubborn than stubborns and from having friends over for big meals and big laughs.

I am from money doesn’t grow on trees and always make sure you have a proper-fitting bra and everything tastes better with real butter and you’re never fully dressed without a smile and 98 is good…but where are the other two points.

I am from Shabbat candles and freshly-baked challah and Passover seders and stars of David and dreidel spinning and lighting menorahs.

I am from cheesy Wisconsin and peachy Georgia and the old country of Poland and Germany. I am from Bubbie’s chicken noodle soup and PTA brisket and biscuits and gravy.

I am from the time we left Mr. Bear in Israel and the time the babysitter tried to convince us that she was Tom Cruise’s mother and the time we wore the Joey Jeremiah hat the millions of hours spent trying on dress after dress at the Florence Eiseman sale and the summer at the Montreal cottage with thumbless Nathan and Molly.

I am from the old shoebox filled with memories. I am from the falling-apart-at-the-seams albums that contain Polaroid snapshots of my childhood. I am from the chest filled with school pictures and teeth the tooth fairy left behind and report cards and school projects. I am from a painted portrait of my mom and my sister and me.

(I saw this over here and immediately stumbled it and fell in love and knew that I wanted to do one of very own. And you can too, using this great template. Let me know if do it, okay? I’d love to find out where you’re from.)

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  1. Very cool post idea.

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    ali replied on

    Thanks! It was a good challenge for me, actually.

    You should totally do it!

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    Comment by SFD on June 24, 2011
  2. This post just made me seriously homesick! I miss and love you very much. Your MUCH older sister. xoxo

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    ali replied on

    what is this MUCH crap? ;)

    I love you too.

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    Comment by Charna on June 24, 2011
  3. I loved that! Clovernook Lane takes me back!

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    ali replied on

    TOTALLY! I took my kids by it the last time we were in Milwaukee and it’s funny how different it looks now…smaller, somehow.

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    Comment by Danna on June 24, 2011
  4. I love this, finding out more about you.

    So glad you did this!

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    Comment by Jennifer, Playgroups are no Place for Children on June 24, 2011
  5. I love this idea, your memories are what I imagine a typical American childhood to be! I have totally just copied you and made one for myself with my completely different English background. Check me out here http://nicerinnice.blogspot.co.....-from.html

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    Comment by Vicki on June 24, 2011
  6. Ohhh I love this so. I’m off to do my own…

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    Comment by Loukia on June 24, 2011
  7. Loved this! The connections that we can find from yesterday to today and from where I’m from to where you’re from.

    Lovely! Thank you for doing this and leading me to my own discovery of where I’m from.

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    Comment by Amanda on June 24, 2011
  8. Loved this post…what a great idea!!! Going to try to attempt at some point today!

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    Comment by Charmedone17 on June 24, 2011
  9. This is beautiful. It shows a full acceptance of your childhood and your origins. This is an idea that makes me uncomfortable to think about in my own life, and I admire the ability in you.

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    Comment by MonsteRawr on June 24, 2011
  10. I love this! I’m going to add this to my list of things to post about. This will be a tough one for me and I’ll need to have some time to think!

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    Comment by Kristabella on June 24, 2011
  11. LOVE this! I did my own here- http://bipolarnextdoor.blogspo.....-from.html

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    Comment by Lindsey on June 24, 2011
  12. Love this.

    Steph

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    Comment by Adventures In Babywearing on June 24, 2011
  13. That photo of you looks exactly like Josh!

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    Comment by Lisa on June 24, 2011
  14. I love this post. Mine is from a few years back…
    http://jessalogic.blogspot.com.....-from.html

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    Comment by Jess - daysgoby on June 24, 2011
  15. Thank you for the inspiration! What a great writing prompt.

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    Comment by Sarahviz on June 24, 2011
  16. It’s really quite beautiful, I think. Something for keeping and remembering and cherishing.

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    Comment by Pam @writewrds on June 25, 2011
  17. The template really is fantastic. I thought it was going to be clunky and obvious, but it is a great series of prompts. I love this and plan on doing it next week for myself.

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    ali replied on

    That’s exactly what I thought too. It was such a good exercise for me…I loved doing it.

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    Comment by Avitable on June 25, 2011
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  20. SO funny! I saw it too and had started one! Here’s mine. Shed a few tears as I wrote. Did you?

    http://driftingdivergence.blog.....-from.html

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  22. SO in love with this meme – such a great way to get to know someone. I’m a little behind in the loop, but I did one too: http://boredmommyblog.com/2011.....e-im-from/

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    Comment by Maria @BOREDmommy on July 6, 2011
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  24. I love your blog

    I have read this article and enjoyed it

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