Nevaeh

Grade 6

Toronto
Ontario

Meaning of Home

Home. Have you ever thought about what home is? Yes, it is where you live but that’s not all.

Most people take their home for granted. They buy lots of things to live, but did you know that 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year? Did you know 20% of the homeless population are ages 16-24? Try to imagine living on the streets. I think it would be the worst kind of loneliness. It pains my heart to think that my perspective of “home” is not necessarily experienced by others like those who consider their sleeping bag as their most prized possession or those who consider a warm meal something they might stumble upon if they are lucky.

To me…..
A home can be defined in many ways.
A warm bed to sleep in, a safe place to stay.

A home is far more than bricks and some walls.
It is a place of comfort, where good friends call.

A family to love, full of memories and dreams.
Where mistakes are forgiven and love is the theme.

A place where routines and structure bring us together as one.
Building a strong foundation and having lots of fun.

Sitting around the table sharing a meal.
Taking about our day and how we all feel.

It is these small comforts that make us truly blessed.
Thankfulness in the midst of homelessness is never second guessed.

To me my home is like a precious jewel that I could never throw away.