Grade 5

British Columbia

Home is Special

One day, Lucy was returning from school. When she got home, she realized her diary was gone! She looked everywhere, until she found it beside her mother’s bed. Her mother did not come home until 4:00. Lucy felt so upset and betrayed. She wrote a note and left it on the table.

The note said:
Dear mom, I found my (private) diary on your bedside table. I felt upset and betrayed. I have chosen to leave home FOREVER.

Lucy packed some essential things. In the kitchen she packed packed food and water. She checked the time, it was 3:45. She rushed outside.

Lucy ran across the road, looking for somewhere to go. She ran for a while, until she realized she didn’t know where she was. She was scared but had no intention of going home.

(3 hours later)

Lucy was sitting on a rock, when she saw a homeless man. It made her feel bad for leaving home when she had a choice. She realized she was HUGELY messing up. She needed to get home. She tried retracing her steps and looking for people to help her, but it was hopeless.

(1 day later)

Lucy had looked for a long time and started to give up hope. She came back to the rock she was on yesterday, when the homeless gentleman (Stanley) walked up to her and asked if she needed help. Lucy asked if he knew where Birkenstock Avenue was. Stanley said yes and asked if she wanted him to walk her home. Lucy agreed and thanked him. Stanley walked Lucy home. Lucy’s mom apologized, but grounded her. They made a donation to the charity “Habitat for Humanity”, and “Habitat” built a home for Stanley. Lucy realized that home is special and there’s no place like home.