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No Place To Call Home Part I

June 19, 2013
By SuzieQ777 GOLD, Franklin, Virginia
SuzieQ777 GOLD, Franklin, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"La Vida Es Bella"

I lay in bed, listening to the ocean and the smells of Greece my home. I fight the urge to cry again, even though that’s all I want to do. It hurts to imagine myself leaving the only place where I can truly be happy. This is the only place I know, my family and friends are here, everything I love is here.

I look out and see the street light blink on and off at exactly the same time every night; my signal. I slowly slip out of bed and pad to my sandals slipping them on and grabbing my sweater off the hook near the door.

I take the stoned steps down two at a time, until I’ve reached the dock and see Him. His back is turned to me and he’s holding something I’m too far to see. But I can’t focus on it, me leaving has finally hit me so hard I can’t bare it anymore.

I walk slowly to him, he turns when I get closer. His bright smile turns sad when he sees the tears start to roll down my face. He embraces me hard and plants a soft kiss on my lips.

He brushes the tears away, not taking his eye off mine. He doesn’t say a word but just holds me tight to him. Making me feel as if my leaving doesn’t sadden him, but has determined him that he will see me. I feel this through our embrace, and I love every moment of it.

Morning has started to show itself and its time to say goodbye to him. He hands me a gold chain with a small ruby ring attached to it.

“Take this with you to America, I love you.” slipping the necklace into my sweater pocket, I say it back and crush myself to him. We don’t say anything else. There’s nothing else we can say, because I know we could plan to run away together, go to the church and get married for me to stay with him and my family. It would be too easy to think these things and easier to do them. But we are not naïve, that won’t get us anywhere; disappointment from our families would make it so much worse. After returning home, I’m back in bed, staring out the window and letting the sounds of the ocean drift me to sleep.


This city in America is loud and feels crowed. The skies are murky, and the people move around so fast, always in a rush. Our apartment is old and small with brick walls. The landlord is talking to my father; I only understand half the conversation. By the look on my fathers face, I can tell he’s having a little difficulty as well.

I go to my small room and look out the window at such a murky place. Not one thing standing out that I can call beautiful.

I grasp the necklace around my neck and think of home and my loved ones.

It’s this thought that will help me survive America.

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This article has 10 comments.

on Aug. 16 2013 at 3:40 pm
Truth_and_Love SILVER, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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I like this, girl. It has good imagery and a nice structure, and is very realistic which gives it emotion.

on Aug. 14 2013 at 7:59 pm
Natasha_C SILVER, Bloomington, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day."
"Life goes on... Whether you choose to move on and take a chance in the unknown.
Or stay behind, locked in the past,thinking of what could've been."

Very good structure! i love it!

Kati312 SILVER said...
on Aug. 1 2013 at 5:08 pm
Kati312 SILVER, Parede, Other
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Beautifully written and emotional, it is organized well and gets the point across clearly but using very good language, and quite relatable too! I loved it :)

on Jul. 31 2013 at 2:57 pm
dbk1098 PLATINUM, Rockville, Maryland
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This is great, so well written and I can feel the emotion! Incredible!

on Jul. 31 2013 at 1:36 am
MMOON PLATINUM, Bellingham, Washington
26 articles 1 photo 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Sop being afriad of what could go wrong. Start being positive about what could go right"
I also have another "Loving someone is like hugging a cactus. The harder you hold the more it hurts"

That must have been very hard leaving it all behind. This is very well written and I really liked reading it. it was fantastic, thank you for the amazing story!

SuzieQ777 GOLD said...
on Jul. 30 2013 at 11:39 pm
SuzieQ777 GOLD, Franklin, Virginia
15 articles 0 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
"La Vida Es Bella"

Ha well I've never lived in any other county but America my whole life, so I guess I'm wrtting this for the ones who aren't and have to go through this experience of having to leave there one and only home, even if its for the better. It still sucks.

123Sesame said...
on Jul. 30 2013 at 2:28 pm
123Sesame, New York, New York
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Wow. I've lived in America all my life, and I can't even imagine leaving my home or my country for anywhere else. That must have been so difficult, to leave almost everything behind.

on Jul. 29 2013 at 9:41 pm
Fallen_ PLATINUM, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
25 articles 3 photos 433 comments

Favorite Quote:
" a shattered world is only an opening into a new beginning with laughs, smiles, and love all around enter the world of the light and away from the broken darkness"

I like it the beginning i kinda skimmed but then the middle and end i liked your imagry and how you layed it out.

SuzieQ777 GOLD said...
on Jul. 29 2013 at 5:29 pm
SuzieQ777 GOLD, Franklin, Virginia
15 articles 0 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
"La Vida Es Bella"

Thank you!!!  =) and thanks for the advice

sarah98 BRONZE said...
on Jul. 29 2013 at 5:23 pm
sarah98 BRONZE, Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
It is better to write for yourself and have no audience than write for your audience and have no self.

this is fantastic! most immigration stories focus on the happinessing that comes with leaving, but this one was sorrowful and heartwrenching. the only thing i would recomend is using a few more commas. fantastic job though!!