Here's my first one from the chapter on knowing yourself. This is "Where I'm From"...
I am from Luanne and Doug. From a little suburb that is now a big one, Blue Springs, Missouri; from neighborhoods and the end of cul-de-sac.
I am from storytelling grandparents who love rich and deep. From church on Sunday morning, giving your tithe, visiting the sick and loving your neighbor. I am from Disciples of Christ with a little recovering Baptist thrown in for good measure.
I am from laughter, and family game night, and trips to the theater. From eat a whole package of cookies on a weekend evening after “being good” all week.
I am from divorce, and remarriage. From many people who are technically labeled “step” and “half” but feel entirely “whole” to me.
I am from the safety and love of family. From seeing the value of staying close, and then being brave enough to venture out into the world on my own.
I am from a flat and landlocked area of the country and that is why I stand with mouth wide open when I see mountains and beaches.
I am from riding my big wheel down the street, trading baseball cards with the boys, taking matchbox cars in my purse to my first day of Kindergarten.
I am from the oblivious nerdiness of high school when I was so sure of myself that I didn’t even know that I was a nerd. I am from band, and theater, and Students Against Drunk Driving, and church choir.
I am from every person is worthy of love, no matter their difference from me.
I am from strong women, and sensitive, supportive men.
And lately I am from the South. From hospitality and beautiful rolling hills. From church potluck dinners and everyone is family. I am from a slower pace of life and church league softball and “I love you’s” said frequently. I am from take care of one another.