"Crazy" Inspiration!

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As mentioned in “Not Actually Polly”, Polly manifested when I finally realized most of what I was taught as a child was true.  My Mom, featured in “My Mom Hates Whistlers”, is an eternal optimist.  My Dad, equally optimistic, is also the main source of “crazy” in my life.  The majority of the bizarre sayings and outside-the-box philosophies taking up space in my psyche come from my Dad.

{I’m also lucky enough to have an amazing Stepdad and super positive Stepmom, who are also huge influences on my life.  You’ll get to meet them too eventually.  Yes, I know. I’m a spoiled brat.}
Anyway, today is my Dad’s birthday.

So, in honor of “Mine Papa”, I wrote this poem.  About who I am, and where I come from.
A little bit silly, a little bit sappy…. Just like Dad.
I am from the North.  From the land of Tim Horton’s and Labatts.
I am from a military base.  Ever shifting.  Changing and unknown.  Yet grounded in a foundation of belly laughs and dancing during the dishes.
I am from a tribe stretching beyond genetics and DNA.  Whose commonalities long ago overshadowed their differences.
From “Busier than a one armed paper hanger” to “Herds of And-Or, roaming the Polyester Fields of Upper Canada”, I was raised on lessons both true and ridiculous. Often, and best of all, lessons that were both.
I am from Alberta and Ontario. Europe and the U.S.  Sure in the truth that home is where your heart is, where you sip tea after dinner with those who love you best, and where you always say “I love you” before going to bed.
I am from wherever the kitchen party’s in full swing, where the spoons are cracking and the laughter’s flowing.
Wherever my tribe gathers, that’s where I’m from.
HAPPY, HAPPY Dad!  Thanks for helping inspire me everyday!

What, about you guys?  What's a source of inspiration in your life?


  1. Anonymous said...:

    Im with ya luv!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Awesome Mandy ! :o)) XOX
    From one of your tribe fans !!!
    Michelle OXXO

  1. Anonymous said...:

    What a great tribute loved every word mandy xox Dad

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