I am from Barbie dolls,
from wooden blocks and Monopoly
I am from the sand pit in the back yard.
(Blond, gritty- it was filled with Tonka trucks.)
I am from the big pine tree
in the woods behind the house
where we played Lost in Space
and Kick the Can.
I am from banana curls
and frilly dresses at Easter.
I am from long bike rides to Walden Pond
with my brother and the twins.
I am from macaroni and cheese on Friday nights,
hot dogs and beans on Saturdays
and dinners at grandparents on Sundays.
I am from Pat and Ben and Nana
with her funny laugh.
I am from “Wait until your father gets home”
“Be a leader, not a follower”
“You Are My Sunshine” and “Goodnight Irene”.
I am from the trunk in the attic filled with trophies,
love letters and Ms. Magazines.
I am these memories-they live inside my soul.