Where Im From Christa

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Where Im From Christa

  1. 1. WHERE I’M FROM Christa Umphrey
  2. 2. I am from bedtime stories and nightly family dinners
  3. 3. from wood-paneled walls and green shag carpet
  4. 4. from Farina and Reservation politics
  5. 5. from cheap bear around Friday night campfires
  6. 6. and after-church, roast beef dinners on Sunday afternoons
  7. 7. I am from the thrill of unexpected snow days
  8. 8. and canoe rides under full moons.
  9. 9. I am from bare feet in fresh-cut grass
  10. 10. and Dad’s gardens all around.
  11. 11. I am from long afternoons spent floating irrigation canals on stolen inner tubes.
  12. 12. from spontaneous and expected family gatherings,
  13. 13. from Thanksgiving weekend Christmas tree-gathering trips and Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls afterward.
  14. 14. I’m from stubborn independence and laughing too loud.
  15. 15. I’m from Snyel’mn this valley surrounded by mountains
  16. 16. I’m from descendants of Mormon pioneers who choose to come West
  17. 17. and the Salish who were forced here from the south
  18. 18. I’m from dirt roads and potholes and too many wakes.
  19. 19. I’m from summers in teepees and old trucks that run just well enough to drive teen independence
  20. 20. I’m from frozen pipes in February and dreams of air conditioning in August.
  21. 21. I’m from making due ... and dreaming of more
  22. 22. from grandfathers who made their livings among trees and horses
  23. 23. from women who were always mothers first but never solely.
  24. 24. I am from...
  25. 25. I am From...
  26. 26. those grandmother’s quilts, my grandfather’s logging truck, and the woods where he spent his days.
  27. 27. I am from !!!!
  28. 28. overstuffed bookshelves doing too much
  29. 29. and the calm ! ! ! ! ! !!!! ! ! ! ! ! productivity ! ! ! ! ! ! of midnight hours...

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