Where I’m From

I am from Barbie’s by the boxful, and the beloved Barbie Camper.  I am from Banana-Seat bikes and mood rings, from Easy Bake Ovens and Twister.

WhereImFromCamperI am from Penny Loafers and Lip Smackers.  I am from big hair, denim jackets and polo shirts.  I did not love Shoulder Pads, but that is where I am from.   I am from Swatch Watches, Neon bracelets and scrunchies.

I am from a home filled with love as well as with lime green carpet and matching appliances.  I am from a house with a tree in the front that bloomed pink flowers every year, without fail, on the week of my birthday. 

WhereImFromPinkTree2I am from impromptu pool parties with all the neighbours, and treasured weekends at the cottage “up north”.  I am from boat rides on the lake, and singing with my sister at the top of my lungs as our boat carved a path in the crystal clear lakes. 

I am from Wham, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Madonna, Journey and Michael Jackson.

I am from “Why do your friends always call during dinner”, “Don’t make me pull this car over” and “That boy had better come in here and say Hello”.  I am from hearing my Mother swear, once, and nearly dying of shock.  There was no cursing in our home.  Not by my Mother!

I am from chicken.  Yes I said chicken.  BBQ Chicken, Chicken Pasta, Baked Chicken, Roasted Chicken, Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Kabobs…..My Mama can make Chicken in about 700 ways, but not cake.  Every cake that left her kitchen tasted great but was the most crooked assed cake you ever saw.

I am from Charlie’s Angels, The Brady Bunch and The Love Boat watched religiously on Friday nights.  I adored the Smurfs and had all their stickers.  I loved Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Can’t Buy Me Love and every other 80’s movie with teen angst.  They don’t make movies like they used to. 

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I am from a house full of love.  Where children came first, but marriage was cherished and protected. 

I am from slide shows featuring thousands of pictures of me, of us, of family.  Slideshows that used to make us groan, and now, I love.  A lifetime of memories shining on a four foot screen.  Memories that don’t begin to scratch the surface of the incredibly blessed place …that I am from.

I discovered this writing prompt on Loulou’s Views and just had to play along. You can find the template for this trip down memory lane here.  Please let me know if you do, I wouldn’t want to miss it! 

*some images borrowed from Google, not available in the 70s or 80s



Comments

  1. I’m from a very similar place. Well written.

  2. omg, i am right there with ya! talk about taking a walk down memory lane… Love the article 🙂

  3. Love this! I am from some of those same times and places. I am most definitely going to use the template. I will let you know when I do! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love hearing about where your from! I am a small small town girl myself and I am pretty sure I was obsessed with sixteen candles too! LOL!

  5. Oh my gosh! Thank you for this trip back in time. I’m from all those same places. Must be why we’re such kindred spirits! 🙂

  6. lol I liked slideshows section most :)love this post

    Happiness Notes
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  7. wow. like stepping back into time today…great flashbacks..haha

  8. love this! thanks for the nostalgia this morning 🙂

  9. Hey! We must’ve been neighbors! I’ve seen this meme a few places now. Love yours! I think I’ll give it a whirl. Thanks for visiting my much-neglected blog.

  10. Such a great post – love it! We are in very similar places as well. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. i am from a similar place, just a few differences. but a decent life.

  12. You and I are from the same town, just not the same family.

    And I love this so much, I am going to do it right now!

  13. LOVE your trip down Memory Lane!

  14. what a fun post.. I may have to check into it.. I am from some of the places and things as you are.. Happy Canadian Day to you..

  15. What a great prompt! According to almost everything you’ve listed, we must be from the same place! 😉 It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been around, but I just wanted to drop by and say ‘hi!’ and see how you’re doing! Hope you have a great weekend!

  16. Love this – might need to borrow this for my own post this week! Thanks for sharing Steph!

  17. I’m from the same place in time, and my neighbours even had a pool. But my blooming cherry tree was outside my bedroom window and was in the back yard. You’re right. They don’t make movies like John Hughes did anymore 🙂

  18. Sounds like you and I might be from the same place!

  19. How cool! I’m going to steal this idea next time I need to write, but can’t think of a think to actually write about. Everyone’s childhood should be remembered that fondly. 🙂

  20. Oh, how I adore this post. I am mostly from the same place…the same things but with people who cussed. 🙂
    I laughed out loud about your Mama’s crooked assed cake. I hope she read this too.
    xoxoxoxo

  21. Oh, I adore this idea! You rocked it!

  22. So loved this… am going to do it too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Loved this meme so much – you inspired me to do my own!!
    http://boredmommyblog.com/2011/07/05/this-is-where-im-from/

  24. You’re right! They don’t make movies or tv shows like they use to!

  25. Sweet post. I remember all those things through my children.

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