Kathryn

Grade 6

Brantford
Ontario

Home

Home. Such a simple, four-letter word that manages to encompass so much. Because a home is not just a house. It’s not just a building. It’s a place where you feel safe, protected, and happy.

Home to me means a place where you can be yourself. It’s a place you know you can always go back to. Those of us with homes often don’t think about it. For us, it’s just the place we live. But imagine if you didn’t have a home. Imagine if every night you had to search for a place to sleep. I know, it’s hard to imagine, but this is many people’s reality. How many times have you seen a homeless individual living on the streets? Unfortunately, your answer is most likely many a time. But that’s not okay. Because a home is not a privilege. It’s a right. Which is why we need to take action now. All it takes it is a small drop of kindness, a small donation from everyone and a home can be built for those who need one the most.

We don’t realize it, but we rely on our homes for a lot. For one thing, they provide shelter for us from harsh weather conditions, and are a place to store our belongings, and sleep in at night. And besides all the practical reasons, they are the place where we are truly safe. Safe from judgement, hate, crisis’s, and frankly- safe from the world around us. Because let’s face it- the world can be a pretty scary place at times.

To sum it all up, home to me means a lot of different things. Home means a place to go to every night to unwind and relax. A place where I feel safe, happy, calm, and I can just be myself. Home in my opinion is a spot to spend time with family and friends, whether that means eating a meal around the dining room table or watching a movie on the couch in the family room. When I feel sad, angry, excited, anxious, frustrated, or really any emotion, home is the place where I can go to let it all out. Where I won’t be judged, where I don’t have to worry about how I look or act. Home to me means that one place where I always look forward to returning to, no matter where I have been. So now I ask you- what does home mean to you?