I am from controversy and speaking my mind,
From resolving conflicts quickly
I am from Steeler games and black and gold,
From two super bowl championships coupled in with hard losses
I am from Rush concerts and guitar pics
Long tail gates at Red Rocks, walking in Austin in 106 degree weather
I am from my Grandpa’s backyard.
Playing Indians, Little House on the Prairie, and Elves, to name a few Hide and seek wars. Grandpa’s lights and Grandma’s closets
I am from family: holidays, and Grandma’s cooking
From living with my grandparents when my parents divorced
Traditions, church, food, raised Catholic, humor, and laughing, and Republican sentiment.
I am from paint chips and paint tape; I painted the majority of our house, I rolled the roller
A neighbor yelling at me because I poured paint in her gutter
I am from making up raps with my sister about our grandparents being married 60 years
Performing the rap in front of priests and nuns
I am from the desert with open skies and open air,
The mountains are my walls they make me feel safe.
I am from green chile, my tolerance growing for spicy foods.
I put the chile on spaghetti like my Grandpa real salsa not that Texican stuff
I am from educators, my whole family is teachers
I would be a teacher, but I have been advised to not go that way.
I am from the pool, a blue bath of chlorine that I constantly dip my body into.
My sweat is poured into that pool, it is invested not only with swimming but water polo.
The unbreathable air rips at my lungs, but I know I cannot stop.
From long swim meets and tournaments where the only things to do are eat, creep, and sleep.
I am used to boys in speedos, not disgusted by it, used to deck changing. Ogling other team’s guys in my free time
I am from peeing in the pool when we cannot get out.
I know the best feelings are dropping a second off a race, scoring a goal, stuffing a shot, or stealing the ball.
I am from funny looking caps and tight swim suits.
Bathing suit burn and bruised legs
Eating goldfish and drinking chocolate milk.
The empty soreness I get from being in the pool for four hours.
I am from stories that teach lessons, not just books but family stories,
Told by my uncle.
I am from Narnia, Middle Earth, Alagasia, and Hogwarts.
I am from imagination, joy, and love.