"Where I'm From" by Michaela Arguin
Where I’m From*
By Michaela Arguin
I am from matching outfits
From Cinnabon on Sunday morning and Disney VCR marathons
I am from the oak paneled floor and ceiling kitchen
it smelled like Ragu sauce.)
I am from daisies - my middle name -
the lilac bushes
whose smell would fill the living room and make my mother smile
I’m from game nights and picky eaters,
from Michael and Bethany.
I’m from the storytellers and summer adventures
From “Clean up after yourself!” and “I love you”
I’m from Easter egg coloring and skipped
midnight masses on Christmas.
I’m from Freetown, Massachusetts and Eli Whitney,
those Utz ‘cheap chips’, and Mam-ma’s grilled cheeses.
From the book my little brother wrinkled,
from the breast cancer my grandma survived.
On the top self of the hall closet is rows
of photo albums,
every moment of my life documented
by my dutiful mom and dad
I am from those photos,
colorful and bright
reminding me how loved I am.
*Based on the poem, “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon
Michaela Arguin is a student at Boston College and is one of our Spring 2019 Blog Correspondents for Amman, Jordan.