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Well, I turned 40 this past week. It also happens to be my seventh (7!!!) anniversary hosting this lovely writing community. Naturally I’ve been doing a bit of looking back, looking down, looking up, and looking forward.

For this week’s writing exercise, I decided to use inspiration from George Ella Lyon’s poem, “Where I’m from” with a bit of a twist to include what I have become:


I am from bunk beds and flannel sheets.
I have become a queen bed with no flat sheet, only the duvet.

I am from tulips.
I have become a protea.

I am from driving carefree with the windows down.
I have become the one who turns down the radio to find the unknown place.

I am from instant hot chocolate with marshmallows.
I have become Rooibos tea.

I am from an American birth certificate.
I have become a permanent resident of South Africa.

I am from an all-white family.
I have become a multi-racial family.

I am from sandcastles on the shores of Lake Michigan.
I have become a boulder on the east shore of the Atlantic.

I am from holidays at Grandma’s house.
I have become the one who has to come up with a plan.

I am from rollerblades and bike paths.
I have become a slow evening stroll.

I am from automatic cars on the right side of the road.
I have become a stick shift in the left lane, sitting on the right.

I am from Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies.
I have become malva pudding and melktert.

I am from the Ancient of Days
and I am still becoming.




Bonus: In case you missed it, I shared a brief reflection on age and mortality on Instagram the day before I turned 40:






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