Jenny Hansen of More Cowbell  blogged about “How Do you Know where You’re from?” in August and she did such a lovely job with the meme, that I decided to give it a try. It’s much harder than I thought it would be! So here is my “where I’m from…”

I’m from homemade bread, from black and white television, 8MM movies with no sound, and drinking soda pop from bottles with caps that didn’t twist off. I’m from small town, USA.

I’m from long, hot summer days that went from sun up to sun down, with a nap in the middle for mom’s sake. I’m from soft, green grass that was cool on even the hottest days and the perfect cushion for sleeping outside nights. I’m from short, cold winter days with snow drifts that were sometimes taller than my head. I’m from ice skating and sledding and snow angels.

I’m from my grandpa’s vine picked tomatoes, the skin cooled by a wash from the hose, the insides sun-warmed and bursting with flavor. I”m from one grandmother who raised her family in a two bedroom log cabin, who gave crew cuts to any boy who wandered through and made dresses without patterns and quilts for every bed in the valley from the scraps.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, project enterprise series, steampunk, humor

I’m also from a city grandmother who married a cowboy and moved to the wilds of Northern Wyoming, a grandma who never wore pants except for picnics, and when you hugged her, she smelled of powder and lilies of the valley.

I’m from explosive Fourth of July celebrations and from men who served their country. I’m from some who didn’t come home.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, project enterprise series, steampunk, humor

I am from short, from wishing we were taller. I’m from six kids, from sister who should have been my twin we are so alike. I’m from brothers who still get into mischief. I’m from jowls.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, project enterprise series, steampunk, humor

I am from a Mormon heritage, from people driven from state to state, from a trail of tears to the deserts of Utah, from bloody footprints and babies buried in unmarked graves. I’m from those some who died to be able to worship as they please. I’m from sacrifice for home and for faith. I’m from building something from nothing, from planting deep and hanging on to faith and family through ups and downs.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, project enterprise series, steampunk, humor

I’m from Scotland, England and Wales. I’m from tartans and shortbread (still can’t escape short!) and from the “secret” recipe for stuffed potatoes that my mom made but my dad gets credit for.

I’m from my dad, who served in two wars, who started three companies before succeeding and can’t read Cajun Night Before Christmas all the way through without laughing. I’m from my dad who flew to New Orleans to repair my bathroom and taught me how to install a light fixture. I’m from a storyteller and a farm boy who grew up to be my hero.

I’m from my mom, who married my dad at 18, had his son while he was in Korea, and five more after he returned. Who taught us how to behave, sewed our clothes, cooked our meals, and had me convinced there was a Santa Claus. I’m from my mom who taught me more about life and being a good person than kindergarten ever could have. I’m from my mom who taught me to love to read. I’m from a mom who helped me become a mom.

I’m from two people who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in August.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, project enterprise series, steampunk, humor

I’m from Lovell. I’m from Cowley. I’m from Wyoming. I’m from Louisiana. I’m from Texas. I’m from the USA. From Earth and the Milky Way (and from when Pluto was still a planet). I’m from here:

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, project enterprise series, steampunk, humor

Where are you from? You can answer here or blog the meme, but if you blog it I hope you come back and post a link back. Questions are here. Another great example of the meme is here. Hope you give it a try! It’s fun AND all blog comments for the month are entered into a drawing for a $10 AnaBanana Gift Card of Yumminess! Winner is announced the first blog post of each month and I do try to let winner know, so leaving an email or twitter handle helps!

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, project enterprise series, steampunk, humor

Perilously yours,

Pauline

 

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29 thoughts on “Where Perilous P is From…

  • February 26, 2014 at 12:49 am
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  • September 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm
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    Pauline, I can only repeat what others have said. This is a very moving, beautifully written piece.

  • September 18, 2012 at 9:38 am
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    A wonderful post! I feel that I know you so well now. Nice to meet Perilous Pauline.

  • September 18, 2012 at 1:07 am
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    What a beautiful post, Pauline! Loved it. You’ve got me thinking, but I’m not ready to meet that bar that you and Jenny set.

    • September 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm
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      I was pretty intimidated! Jenny and other set the bar very high! In the end, I enjoyed it, but wow. 🙂

  • September 18, 2012 at 12:44 am
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    Great job on letting us look into the life of Pauline. I feel like I understand where you come from and I’m happy that you shared it with me.

    • September 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm
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      Many thanks, Gilliad and for stepping into such a girl zone. 🙂

  • September 18, 2012 at 12:30 am
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    Great job Pauline.

  • September 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm
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    I’m from where you’re from dear Sister!! Love this! Thanks for the happy tears! : )

  • September 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm
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    DArling, your blog brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully done!

  • September 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm
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    HI Pauline. Ditto on all the comments. A truly wonderful heart-warming post. I loved learning more about you and your family. And congratulations to your wonderful parents. 62 years of marriage is as special as it gets.

    • September 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm
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      Many thanks for the kind comment! Yeah, 62 years of marriage! They set the bar high! 🙂

  • September 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm
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    Oh, wow, Pauline, I absolutely loved this. What a great way to let others know about the real you.

    • September 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm
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      I tend to hide the real me under jokes, so this was a bit scary, but so glad everyone is enjoying it. 🙂

  • September 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm
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    I loved this post! Such a fine way to learn the history of someone you respect but know so little about their roots and values. We are so tied to our youthful experiences – and this format shows that clearly. Thank you for the beauty of this post and who you have become!

    • September 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm
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      Thank you so much, D.K.! So nice of you to stop by and read the post. 🙂

  • September 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm
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    What a great post. Heartwarming, funny, touching. I may have to play along with this meme.

    • September 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm
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      Oh, please link back when you do so I can read it, Jaleta! And thank you so very much!

  • September 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm
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    Oh, Pauline! That was beautiful! I might just have to do this on my blog! Thanks for sharing (I’m teary cause I can relate to a lot of it)

    • September 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm
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      Thank you, Taryn! It made me a bit teary writing it. As I delved into the people and past that made me me, I was a bit surprised at what bubbled up. I did not expect all of it. 🙂

  • September 17, 2012 at 6:57 am
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    I can imagine this hits lots of heart strings. I can imagine there’s lots of dresses and quilts still around that your grandmother made. Lovely post, well done.

    • September 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm
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      All the people who still remember my grandma are getting older, but hopefully those that will follow will remember her. Both my grandmothers were remarkable women. Their husbands were, too, but I never met my mom’s dad (he died when she was 5) and my dad’s dad died when I was 8. Many thanks for the kind words! 🙂

  • September 17, 2012 at 5:55 am
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    Pauline, you did a lovely, lovely job. I definitely see your childhood through this post. And your parents sound like wonderful people. It’s fantastic that they’re still with you after 62 years of marriage. 🙂

    • September 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm
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      Oh, thank you, Jenny! It is so hard to talk about myself! I get that, a little (or a lot) from my dad. LOL! Yeah, 62 years of marriage and they still hold hands (though my mom claims it is because they hold each other upright LOL!). They are pretty special and I feel lucky to have been their kid. 🙂 Many thanks! You set the bar very high with your post!

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