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If you’re feeling homesick
Originally appeared online in the teen series Your Healings - September 21, 2021.
When my mum yells someone’s name, either they’re in trouble or it’s good news. On this Saturday morning, it was good news. I’d just been accepted into a boarding school for Christian Scientists in America. I was very excited, though I didn’t know what to expect. Initially, I didn’t think about what I was leaving behind and the things I was going to miss about my home in Zambia.
When I arrived in America, everything was totally different than I’d imagined. It was so hot and humid. The air felt so thick I could barely breathe. Also, when my mum and I got to campus, everyone was so friendly and welcoming. That was the opposite of the way people had been at my old school, so it made me feel uncomfortable.
After two days, it was time for my mum to leave. I’m ready to leave now, too, I thought to myself. I missed my friends and family, and I couldn’t believe I was really going to stay at this school—8,600 miles from home.
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