Inspired by Margaret at Reflections on the Teche and George Ella Lyon
I'm from the Steel Mills of Gary, Indiana where black soot
covered my bare feet in the hot summer months
when I could see the chimneys of fire from the steel ovens.
I'm from a three room apartment on 6th Avenue
where I lived with Momma, Daddy, and my brother
in the same building as my aunt and cousin, uncle, and Baba.
My memories recall Miller Beach and sand,
thunderstorms with lightning, and wading in the waters
that streamed down our alley, sailing our homemade boats.
I'm from a school that went from Kindergarten to 12th
that held the teachers that saved me
with their lessons that taught me to love words.
College lead to teaching and finding true love
and miraculously giving birth to three sons
that lead to four grandchildren and two granddogs.
I'm from a lifetime of jobs--cake decorator, bottle washer,
Bargain Box Assistant Manager, secretary, trainer, substitute teacher,
22 years of teaching 7th graders,
and 2 years of retirement that have lead me
to still love words.