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Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Am From...

by Nicolette A. Velasquez
September, 2011

The following is a poem my daughter Nikki has composed for an English class.  She shared it with me on Facebook and well, you can imagine a father's response.  I'm sharing it with you and would love to hear your replies.

Thank you in advance.

I am from Steve and Dawn,
But also Mark and Michele

The girls and Michele

We are Inkybink, Breezy, and Samonkey


I am from fire trucks, and ambulances
And "I’ll be right back."

With Daddy South Amboy Engine 7

I was from "Stop fighting!"
Which became "Why is daddy packing?"

I am from "What happened to Daddy’s office?"
I am from the Twin Towers

Nikki at Ground Zero Oct. 2001

I am from that little street next to the VFW,
But also that townhouse down in Morganville

Painting Brianna's bedroom Summer 2006

I am from "Time for church!"
From platano's at Abuela’s and ravioli at Gmom’s



Dante, Akyra, Boo, Chewy, and Crash are all a part of me
I am from frogs, frogs, and more of mom’s decorative frogs

Boo & Chewy

I am picnics, Little Tikes houses, and a hammock
From "What foreign country did you help this summer?"

Nikki in Haiti - Nov. 2010

I am from the need to help people,
And talking with my hands to people who don’t speak with their voices

Nikki signing at her grandfather's funeral - 2010

I am from memories on daddy’s camera,
And my family that I love


  1. Nicolette, you continue to inspire and impress your family. We all love you so dearly and marvel at the many gifts God has bestowed upon you. Please utilize these gifts for the good of mankind now and forever.

    I love you.


  2. Nikki,

    You have an amazing talent for writing and that is a priceless story. Brought a tear to my eye. I look forward to reading your future compositions.



  3. Steve, You have raised a bright child that seems to be blossoming into a beautiful woman right before your eyes. She seems to have inherited your wisdom.

    Nikki, Don't ever stop being you. I enjoy hearing and following all you do. Sorry it took me so long to see this.

    Sharon Brown