Where do you come from? I love this prompt. It seems every writing instructor uses that one at one time or another but mostly I have found it in the first part of every writing class I have taken. I always answer with the mundane. I come from where I was born and live. I was raised in Utah so I come from 448E 1010S. That is the address of where I grew up and therefore the answer to the question. But I know the instructor wants me to dig deeper. The instructor wants me to write something profound.
I never have any profound, deep or clever things to say. This question always takes me back to a Ring Lardner book where one of his characters was asked the question and his answer was, “my mother’s womb,” and the character asking the questions replies with, “that’s mighty pretty country around there.”
So, whenever I get that question I always think about my mother’s womb or maybe it's Ring lardner's mother's womb. Whichever one it is, I cannot use that since Ring Lardner used it 50 years ago.
So I always return to where I really did come from.
I come from the womb of 448E 1010S which is weird in its own right. If you think seriously about it, I really didn’t have much of chance with a beginning from a compass point. It is easy to succeed when you come from a fancy place like 21 Arlington Place or 45 Downing Street but being wombed by a compass is a sure sign of mediocrity.
So where do I come from?
Oh well...." my mother’s womb". Sorry about that Ring.