I am from the house on Whitehorse Lane

by Lesley on September 24, 2013 · 4 comments

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Jeanne bathing suitphoto

I am from the pretty white daybed, from chocolate milkshakes and skies bluer than anywhere else in the world.

I am from Saturday dance parties when mom left the house and dad was supposed to be cleaning.

I am from the house on Whitehorse Lane, and then the white house by the lake with the gazebo and ducks, whose sounds I could hear from my own little balcony above the basketball hoop.

I am from salty, sandy summers and miles of meandering bike paths and daydreaming in the backseat of the RV broken down in Barstow.

I am from Warming Hut II and the Booky Joint and Angels Restaurant. From Lake George and Lake Ediza and Highway 395.

I am from Thanksgivings at Irvine Cove full of loud extroverts who brought me out of my shell and taught me to stand on my two tall legs.

I am from Jeanne and Frank Sebek, Lorraine and Roland Hansen, Ann, Jeff, Scott and Allison.

I am from 45th Street in Newport and the soccer fields off Alton and our blue Dodge minivan playing silly songs there and back.

I am from pork chops and squash soup and nights where mom and I shared the mayo and the rest of them shared the butter but everyone got their own artichoke.

I am from the hospital overlooking the harbor, from Denmark and the Czech Republic..a bohemian!

I am from sunshine and encouragement and opportunity and love and burnt bread in the oven.

And I am so grateful. 

This post is part of a synchroblog through She Loves Magazine. Go check out all the other fantastic posts! Photo is of my Grandma Jeanne, who passed away a year ago this month. 

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Bronwyn Lea
Bronwyn Lea

I love this! My Dad reminded me of a quote from Barbara Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible this week: "From my Father, I inherited half his genes and his history."

The "and his history" part had me thinking. I LOVE your beautiful description of your history.

ragamuffinpc
ragamuffinpc

This is stamped excellent and double-stamped my favorite thing read today.

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@ragamuffinpc Thank you so much, PC! Great to see you briefly today. I LOVE First Cov's new cafe. Super cool.