I am from the lawnmower, from john deere and store bought parts.
I am from the warm bright sun coming in from the sliding glass doors.
I am from the aloe vera, sunflowers, and the pine tree planted in my backyard, the amazon sword tail, the moonflower, the plants that grow through the top of the fish tank.
I am from Sauerkraut ball making day and cathothilic eastern and western europeans, from Debbie and Hugh and the Meldrums.
I am from the hotheads and smart people.
From “you can be anything” and “don’t become me, be better”.
I am from reformed catholics. My parents who shed their religion.
I’m from Lansing and Ireland and Poland, Pierogies and Kielbasa
From the waking up on christmas with my mom then going to sleep on christmas night at my dads, the 11 hour drives to the U.P., and the smell of my grandma’s christmas ham
I am from the pictures hanging in my mother’s house, the young Aidan staring down on me. The recipe of my great grandma hanging above the fireplace letting us know family traditions is still alive and well.
By. Aidan Gallagher in the style of Where I’m From by George Ella Lyons