Grade 6

St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador


Home By: Sleiman Tohme

Home is a safe place that I can trust and feel comfortable in. At home, I spend time with my family. Also, my family can have as many pets as we want. We are thankful that we have a house to live in here in Canada.

When I lived in Syria, I lived in a house that everyone else lived in. I was 9 years old when my family left Syria. We came to St. John’s, NL, Canada. I was a little sad at first but very excited to go on a plane to come here. To my family, Canada is a safe place. In Syria, there was too much fighting and littering. Garbage was thrown in front of houses all the time. We had a hill there that was all full of garbage. I didn’t like this.

When I came to Canada, it was my very first time on a plane. When I arrived at the airport, I got my ticket and went through security. We got our bags, went on the plane, put our bags on the shelf and sat down, and waited until the plane was ready to take off. I remember putting on my headphones and watching a movie on the plane. It took two stops to get to St. John’s. One stop was from Syria to Toronto and the second stop was from Toronto to here where I am now!

Now my family has a beautiful house in Canada. My house is very big. I love my home. I now feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. In Syria, we had to build basements and stay underground. It was terrible. It was dusty and smelly. I am hoping that my grandparents and aunts and uncles can soon leave Syria like I did and come here and have a home like me.