A PLACE YOU CALL HOME

CREOLE

BY KAYLA KLASS

Ki sa ki se "lakay"?

Ki sa "Kay" fè ou sonje? Èske li vas syèl la ble, savann vèt la, vil la nan limyè wouj ak diven vèt, rezidans la fume, oswa nouvo foto yo? Si ou mande m 'ki sa lakay mwen an, mwen pral reponn ak yon souri: "Ki kote fanmi mwen, ki kote lakay mwen." Depi mwen te yon ti bebe, grann mwen te kòmanse pran swen rejim alimantè mwen an. Se konsa, lè mwen sonje sot pase a, grann mwen ap toujou bò kote m '. Se poutèt sa chak fwa mwen gade nan cheve gri l ', li kò rak, mwen plen ak emosyon ak rekonesans. Mèsi pou travay di l 'pandan ane yo, mèsi pou rete avè m' sou wout konfonn mwen, mèsi pou li pa kriye lè mwen tris, di li mèsi pou fraz la kè kontan li te di lè mwen tounen lakay ou: "Timoun, Ou se tounen. " Prezans li fè rezidans vid la plen ri, kidonk mwen pa pè solitid ankò. Epidemi an ap vin pi mal kounye a, e mwen pran swen tan fanmi mwen plis kounye a paske mwen pa konnen si lòt pati a gen yon demen. Epidemi an te anseye m 'yon sèl bagay: nesans, vyeyès, maladi ak lanmò yo tout nòmal, li jis ke ou mouri bonè oswa mouri tou dousman. Se konsa, rele fanmi ou plis, pran swen moun ki devan ou, epi pa kite okenn regrè.

What does the word “home,” make you think of? Is it the vast blue sky, the green grassland, the lavish lifestyle in cities, the residence full of people, or the brand new photo? If you ask me what my home is, I would reply with a smile: “Where my family is, where my home will be.” Ever since I was a baby, my grandma has been taking care of my daily life. When I think of the past, my grandma has always been by my side. This is why whenever I look at her white hair and feeble body, I am filled with emotions and gratitude. Thank her for her hard work over the years, thank her for accompanying me on my confusing journey, thank her for stopping me from crying when I am in despair, thank her for the sentence she enthusiastically said when I returned home: “Child, you’re back!” Her presence causes the void residence to fill with laughter, so I am not afraid of loneliness anymore. Nowadays, the pandemic has intensified, and I am valuing family time more now, because of not knowing if the other people still have a tomorrow. The pandemic taught me a lesson: Birth, old age, sickness, and death are all common, the only difference is dying early or dying later. Therefore, call your family frequently, cherish the people around you without regrets.