Where I’m From

I am trying something new here today. Have you heard of The Red Dress Club? No? Oh, you must go check it out now! Hurry…go now…I’ll wait…

Okay, you’re back? Well, the co-hosts, Cheryl from Mommy Pants and Nichole from In These Small Moments, threw a challenge out to me…try it. Try to write something that I’m not comfortable with. Try to write outside of my box, so to speak.

I’m going to say upfront that I’m not a writer, I’m a blogger. Yes, there’s a difference. I love to write, but I don’t have the eloquence or patience for the craft that is “real” writing. So humor me here, people! This post was written from the prompt: Where I’m From and it was an actual template that I added my own words to. For more details, check out The Red Writing Hood post here.

I am from an all American neighborhood in anywhere USA, from generic labels and homegrown vegetables.

I am from the tri-level house I grew up in: full of noise and chaos, where laughing children played until dark and after a long day of work, tired mothers shouted our names down the street to come home for dinner.

I am from daises and lilies, with a family-next-door front lawn that all of the kids played tag and statue maker on.

I am from a family where children sing on Christmas Eve for Santa to bring presents to our family dinner, God-fearing and hardworking men, from Davids and Roberts and old fashioned Floras and Geraldines.

I am from a place where family means everything and stays close by, where work ethic means pride and family takes care of each other.

From a home where children do as they are told and ask no questions.

I am from a family split between strong, unwavering faith and no faith at all, and my faith falls somewhere in between.

I’m from a small hick town next door to the town where I am raising my children, where generations before me raised theirs, from backyard barbecues and huge family potlucks.

From my nana raising nine children next door to her sister-in-law who raised 15 more, and from a grandpa who was a sore loser and threw away golf clubs and bowling balls that my grandma had to retrieve.

I am from singing around smoky campfires in the Sequoias, sharing family recipes, more aunts, uncles, and cousins than I can count, gardens from scratch, and a huge, loving family that I wouldn’t give up for anything.

And so it goes…


  1. Now that sounds like a wonderful place and time to grow up.
  2. Sippy Cup Mom says:
    Sounds wonderful! ;-)
  3. Allyson & Jere says:
    I like it. You did a great job. I'm gonna have to go check it out.

    I MISS the time we grew up in, simpler and free-er for sure.
  4. The Blogging Goddess says:
    That was great!! And you don't call yourself a writer...I beg to differ!
  5. Oh, Natalie, you did a beautiful job with this prompt. I can feel your emotion and loyalty, your kindness and depth.

    I honestly feel as though I know you better...that I know what you're about a bit more.

    You are just lovely.
  6. What a wonderful place to grow up! And this all came from a writing prompt - awesome!
  7. Love it...especially the part about tired mothers calling your name down the block. Love those days and miss them too.
  8. Interesting idea. It does give us a nice insight into your life where you grew up. Love how many details you remember. This is something that is so vague for me.
  9. That was great!! It's so great getting to know other bloggers better!!

    I've often thought about doing the Red Writing Hood prompts. Maybe one of these days, the prompt will speak to me.
  10. That was wonderful, Natalie! You painted a very clear picture of your happy childhood. Not a writer? I'd have to argue with you on that one, girl.
  11. Sheena Simpson says:
    Wonderfully eloquent. What a beautiful childhood.
  12. I truly LOVED that...you CAN write..more than you know.
  13. An Imperfect Momma says:
    Loved that! :o) I miss the simpler time
  14. You are from love.
  15. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:
    This was excellent dear one.

    Just, excellent.
  16. Cuz I'm the mama! says:
    Great job! You are so good at this stuff.

    I tagged you on my blog today!! Check it out! :)
  17. Hello Natalie... great read... seems like your family means everything to you... nice to hear that :-)
  18. Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip says:
    I love this, Natalie. And yes, you are a writer. And a beautiful one at that. xoxoxo
  19. You did a great job with it! I really liked the part about faith...you put it beautifully.
  20. Great job. I enjoyed it.
  21. I, too, feel like I am a blogger and not a writer . . . but I WANT to be a writer! I WANT to work more on my words sounding beautiful and meaningful and not just typing the first thing that comes into my head. I was so excited to give this prompt a shot - I can't wait to do more!

    I LOVED getting to know you by glimpsing into where you came from!
  22. The Empress says:
    This sounds like such a peaceful part of who you are.

    Very nice writing.

    It really was.
  23. You did a beautiful job!
  24. Although I love Cheryl, Ericka and Chole, I am not a fiction writer, and have always been to scared to try!

    This is a really cool prompt, and I think you did a great job, Nat. No need to downplay your true capabilities. :)
  25. You are a better "non-writer" than many writer's I've read...and I've read A LOT!
  26. The Flying Chalupa says:
    You gotta keep doing the RDC. This is one of the most enjoyable posts of yours that I've read. Not that I don't enjoy ALL your posts, but this was revealing and poetic. Good job!
  27. The Drama Mama says:
    You did a superb job writing this. Please continue to write. You have more of a writing flair than you realize. I absolutely loved this.
  28. You did a lovely job. It sounds like your family is amazing!
  29. That was wonderful! I could hear the voices of the children playing tag and tired moms calling to dinner. Great job!
  30. FINALLY I'm here. What a day.

    I really, really liked this. I learned a lot about you and I could totally get what your world was about. I'm SO glad you gave it a shot. I hope it was fun for you!
  31. I love it! Thank you for trying this and sharing.
  32. I'm not sure what the prompt was, but it didn't feel like ficiton at all which I think is the sign of great writing ... good job!
  33. moveovermarypoppins says:
    Love it, Natalie.

    Step out of your comfort zone more often.

    Good things come of it!
  34. You should keep up your participation in Red Dress. I really like seeing this side of you, and your writing! Good job!
  35. This is beautiful :D

    I love how the many interpretations of the same thing can make such an amazing array of fantastic histories. Lovely!
  36. Great job with this writing assignment!

    I always knew how important your family was to you, but this really drove it home.

    Family is everything and where we are from makes us who we are today.


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