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Topic: South America (02/05/09)
TITLE: IM COMING BACK
By Iris Cockrell
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I dream of becoming a doctor one day. If mother was here she would say, âCome now wash your face and eat your breakfast you canât be late for schoolâ. You must learn as much as you can so you can be the doctor you dream of becoming. If father was here we would walk together his job was around the corner from my school. Father would say, âYou are a smart girl Kentraâ, you are going to be a doctor one day. Never let your dream die! Learn as much as you can in school everyday.
I want to go to school but I am so afraid they will come and take me away, just as they took mother and father. Mother was preparing breakfast for father and me. I was in the closet getting my shoes, and I heard a loud boom and men screaming âget downâ, âget down on the floor nowâ. They broke the door down and took mother and father away. I hid in the closet under the chest and they did not find me. I stayed there for two days frighten and alone.
I prayed the pray I would hear mother pray in the wee hour of the morning. âDear Lord, keep us safe from harm and dangerâ. Protect my Kentra. God you are my source of strength. I kept saying Lord you are my source of strength. God you are my source of strength. As I arose from the closet the room was hushed with silence. I picked up the kitchen table and sat mother and fatherâs chair in place. I grabbed the picture of mother and father from the floor and held it tight to my heart. âMotherâ, âFatherâ I screamed and cried! Where are you? âGod where is my mother and fatherâ?
I heard a car door shut and I ran to the closet and hid under the chest. Some one is knocking at the door. The door opens, âI said, âLord you are my source of strength they have come for meâ. I was so afraid. I heard a womanâs voice say, is any one here? Kentra are you here. I slowly opened the closet door and it was my Auntie Umbola, âAuntie Auntieâ I am so glad you are here.
She grabbed me and hugged me so tight I did not want to let go. I have come to take you home with me. âBut Auntie they took mother and fatherâ. I know, Kentra they are safe, come we must go now while it is day light. Kentra you will live with Uncle Tolee and I in Florida. I was so happy and so sad. I will be leaving mother and father here but I will be going to school in Florida. I remembered what father said; Kentra, âNever let your dream dieâ. I prayed, Thank you, God, for sending Auntie Umbola to help me. God protect mother and father. I will make them proud of me I will become a doctor and I will return, and care for the people of my country. God you are my source of strength. Amen
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