Where I’m From

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  1. lime says:

    ok, you warned me. you did. my mediterranian self would have needed to be wheeled out on a gurney after a great public wail. that last line…wow, just wow.

  2. Friko says:

    A sweet, sensitive child, to have written this poem.
    You are a very lucky mum; yes, ‘she gets it.’

    These meme/poems have been on the web, I have seen many by adults not half as moving as your daughter’s.

  3. Bob says:

    Are you sure she isn’t some wizened old woman with laugh and worry lines and the look of a thousand thousand suns in her eyes?

    That is a smart young lady. You are a lucky mom.

  4. Meg says:

    I cried and she’s not even mine.

    I love that she wrote of the unique not the trite; specifics, not generalizations. After all, what is superb writing but the marriage of keen observation and effective translation?

    Bravo, Allegra! And bravo to you, too, Jocelyn. Bravo to you, too.

  5. VioletSky says:

    O my. I am also crying.
    This is like a tiny time capsule of memories. Every bit of it will all come flooding back to her when she re-reads this in her doting years. Every time.

  6. Deborah says:

    Beautiful, Jocelyn. Beautiful, Allegra. I’d like to think I’ll know what she’s doing when she’s 35.

  7. Kirsten says:

    Love love love!

  8. What a beautiful thing. I’m not sure what makes me want to cry more, how keenly expressed her impressions are, the pictures they paint, or how clearly she sees what a treasure your time together is. It is wonderful on so many levels.

  9. “I am from the photographs and drawings, books and magazines
    That make the house
    Not so empty and bare.”

    Now, there, that brought a huge smile to my face. Even better, that she stayed with you while you cried. I want a daughter! Your daughter.

    (I understand the Scandahoovian stiff upper lip. So glad my mom mixed with a Bohemian along the way.)

  10. When this is done right, it is brilliant. This is brilliant.

  11. kmkat says:

    I was tearing up before I ever got to the poem. I come from stoic Scandinavian stock, too, and I know how little is expressed outwardly. Your daughter is very special indeed.

  12. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Aw, hell. Good work, Jocelyn. She gets it. You done good. (cue awkward one-armed hug and back thumping)

  13. Lil says:

    I did a version of that poem once. Hers totally rocks. You done good Joce.

  14. After the month I’ve had with my two sons (which you have been privy to snippets of) this brought tears to my own eyes and restored my faith in our children. Thank you for sharing!

  15. That’s extraordinarily beautiful.

  16. pia says:

    Wow just wow is almost an understatement.

    It’s an amazing poem. But she must be her mother’s daughter!

  17. Bijoux says:

    I love it! I remember when Secret Agent Woman did a blog post like this and I was so touched by it. Congrats on having a kid get it before they leave home!

  18. Despite your several warnings, this man who just turned 42 and has never met your daughter, shed a tear, too. My daughter will be 13 next year and she is of a similar sensitive disposition. Your daughter is so clever (but, then again, you already knew that, didn’t you?). This poem, however, is not to do with cleverness only, it’s to do with being human. It’s the bond that unites us all. Thanks for this post. I really enjoyed it. Now, I’ll read the poem once more and cry again.

    Greetings from London.

  19. Logo™ says:

    Well done, to your insightful, charming, clever, well-written daughter, and to you Nordic cryer. Embrace the emotion!

    Love it.

  20. I love this so much I’m crying! I wouldn’t blame you if you cried a whole pond (the equivalent of an Italian crying an Ocean?)

  21. Barbara says:

    It’s OK if you cry……….I have read her poem-probably five times over four different occasions- and I STILL tear up and overflow. Having followed you from before Turkey, most of the references are familiar. Not many adults, self included, could produce such thinking.

  22. Bone says:

    Wow. What a truly wonderful and remarkable poem! Really makes my post about male facial hair seem suddenly shallow, and quite lame.

    Oh, and I’m with you on John Denver.

  23. vagabonde says:

    What a beautiful poem – simple but so eloquent. I can see how you got choked up- it really is so wonderful. She is a very sensitive child.

    I read your post on your other blog. Sorry I did not do it earlier but we have been moving so much that I waited until I had time to read it well. You are a terrific teacher. I don’t know how you have the courage for all this and the stamina. Schools are so different here. One thing I found is that schools are so easy in the US – even in elementary school in France I used to go from 8:30 am to 4:30 then another hour of study, and had plenty of home work – there is so much to learn. To love teaching that much as you do is a gift for sure.

  24. pam says:

    My stiff upper lip lasted until “I’m from the sound of running shoes hitting the ground…” and then I lost it. Big fat ploppy tears. Allegra’s writing is so warm, wonderful and appreciative of all the experiences you have given her. What great traditions to carry on into her own family, including a sense of adventure and the value of travel – you’ve done well – all of you. I’m sure your “Finnish-ish” (gotta love that!) father would be proud too.

  25. Monica says:

    Oh my. Oh. OK, I am sitting here in an airport lounge i Denmark, catching a plane to Norway. With all my scandinavian heart, I get it. And get all teary too. Lovely. Heartwarming. No worries for that one, Jocelyn., for sure!

  26. ilyanna says:

    oh, wow. Just. Wow.

  27. geewits says:

    Wow. (And I tip my hat to her parents.)

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