This Is Where I’m From


I am the last of 7 children from Freemont Close, with 2 large apple trees perfect to climb. An overgrown garden filled with food and grown with love.

I am from a neighborhood of friends which was safe to wander, from sun-up to sun-set and the occasional missed curfew. Sounds of song filled the air with 8-tack tapes to 45 records, usually Patsy Cline or Johnny Cash.

I am from a slip and slide and sprinkler in the summer, to building snowmen a mile high in the winter. Cruising down the street on a sparkled red and white banana seat.

I am from steak and potatoes and homemade jam, with long conversations shelling peas at the kitchen table. Scents of Chantilly and Aqua Velva filling my nose.

I am from dancing to Corey Hart and Tiffany, the wind in my spiral permed hair which donned the occasional banana clip or oversized fabric bow on a barrette.

I am from She-Ra, Jem, Rainbow Brite, Pogo Balls and Fashion Plates. Often seen with Lip Smackers and jellies sandals.

I am from watching Punky Brewster and Joey Jeremiah to playing Wonder Boy and Super Mario Bros. With slouch socks and t-shirts decorated with puff paint.

I am from posters from Bop Magazine covering the walls and mixed tapes in a yellow Sony walkman.

I am from studying black and white photos, wishing I had known my Grandparents, English spoken with the occasional Czech words uttered.

I am from home-made matching dresses and sweaters for the whole family, Cabbage Patch included. Photos taken with a Polaroid.

I am from cherished times and I-wish-I-could-forget times, yet it all formed who I am today.
This is where I’m from.




  1. susan platana says

    wow, crazy how your child picture and belle could be twins! well put tammi but don’t forget all the neon colours everyone wore :)

  2. says

    My slouch socks were neon! Sometimes I would wear one neon pink and one neon green one. Punky Brewster and Jem were my obsessions! I wasn’t lucky enough to have a WalkMan until I was older but I did have a pink ghetto blaster.

    I was just saying to my husband last week that I haven’t seen jelly shoes in ages – he had no idea what I was referring to!

  3. says

    How about the old fad— pinning or rolling the cuffs of your jeans over to make them kinda like ‘jeggings’.

    I love Degrassi– we are children of the 80’s.

    • Tammi says

      Yep, I can’t even watch the new Degrassi…. nothing would compare.
      Soooo waiting for it to go to DVD, consider it bought by this girl! lol

  4. Lynette says

    Love it! The 80’s rocked! Genevieve now has jellie shoes… I should have kept mine to wear them 20 years later!

  5. brenda says

    What precious memories; it makes me smile as I remember who I am; sometimes as well. SOOOO special Tammi


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