Spatzle, Bocephus, and the Civil War

Spatzle, Bocephus, and the Civil War
September 22, 2011 10 Comments Writing Stephanie Ayers

I originally wrote this with Write on Edge just about a year ago. Today’s version is an edited and refined copy of my original. Thanks, Mama Kat, for another shot at this great idea.

I am from spatzle made by hand in a cast iron skillet, from authentic  Gummi Bears that have taken flight across the Atlantic, and wooden stacking dolls with hidden surprises inside.

I am from the townhouse filled with hillbillies and Monday Night Football with Bocephus and the Super Bowl Shuffle. From gullies filled with sky high adventure, and secret spots underneath the willow tree.

I am from the silk roses on a kitchen table, from buttercups that reveal a passion for butter. From honeysuckle so strong it stays with you, and Easter mornings filled with yellow daffodils.

I am from the Island of Misfit Toys and a quirky sense of humor, and Dorothy, Oma, and Bass. I am from family gatherings at Grandma’s, uncles preaching on the street corner, and brothers playing practical jokes.

I am from “you need to get those kids to church” and “I can tell the difference between butter and margarine.”  From “be in when the street lights come on” and “you will be late for your own funeral”.

I am from the Shalt Not Baptists, rigid in rules yet strong on faith. From those not afraid to raise their hands in praise, filled with grace, and wrought with love.

I’m from Virginia is for lovers and Germany, baked ham and hot apple cider. I’m from Fredericksburg and Ireland, shamrocks and the civil war.

I’m from the World War II American hero and his German frau, a grandfather with a headline, and the stories my grandmother told.

I am from the photo albums and framed pictures on the wall, passed down from generation to generation, sharing our smiles, our school years, our missing teeth. From memories of past and present, a yellowing photograph to weddings placed on canvas.

This is where I’m from.

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   I’m participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week, using the prompt Where I’m From. You can find the template here to do your own.

So tell me, where are you from?

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Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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    Taylor

    Everything worked! I loved it!

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    TheKirCorner

    every single line was just riveting, I couldn’t take my eyes away.
    His “frau” what a wonderful word to give us…and” I am from the townhouse filled with hillbillies and Monday Night Football with Bocephus and the Super Bowl Shuffle. From gullies filled with sky high adventure, and secret spots underneath the willow tree.”
    I loved…it told me so much about your household, how very alike we all are underneath.

    WOW, my friend, you always steal my breath when you write.

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      DM

      And you , my friend, never fail to make me blush. And you are 100% correct. Underneath it all, no matter our roots, we are all alike.

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    Carrie

    I was going to try that prompt but I got too intimidated 🙂

    Great job!

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      DM

      You didn’t do it back when it was a TRDC prompt? You totally should do it. You will rock it. It’s only intimidating in your head. 😉

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    Tina

    Sigh…this brought some memories to the front…

    In other words, great job! Except that now, I have to go and find some of those gummi bears…

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      DM

      Haribou makes the closest version of authentic German gummi bears. If you find some, let me know!

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    Grams

    “I am from the townhouse filled with hillbillies” … that is very vivid. I love the imagery it evokes. Good job with this prompt.

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      DM

      Thank you! I love when my readers have vivid responses.

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