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Coming Home

By Carmen Walsh, year 6, The Ladies’ College

Where is he, where is he? All my friends’ dads have come off the boat, but mine hasn’t!
Oh, where is he? I have waited months to see my Dad. I have spent nights crying into my pillow thinking that he might never return! I thought this day would be the day that I could finally see him. But standing here now I am worried, where is he, please let him be coming home ….
He’s not coming is he. All the other men have come off the boat. He’s not there. But we haven’t received a telegram? Is he dead? Please God tell me he isn’t dead.
Could he be dead? Oh, I hope he isn’t dead I love him so much and I don’t want to let go of him, I can’t live without him. He is my hero.
Wait, wait there is someone else appearing….
He’s here he’s here! Oh, he’s back, my dad has come back, I am so overjoyed I thought I would never see him again! But wait, what has happened to him? Something has changed… he is in a wheelchair and his legs are no longer there and somebody is wheeling him off the boat.
Oh, I don’t know what’s going on, what’s happened to him! I hope he will be alright I never thought this would happen to him, my strong independent loving Dad, the hero of the family, but now not being able to walk or do things by himself. What will our life be like now? How will he work, what will he do? He gave his life to protect our country and this is his thanks. I am so angry.
But he is alive and he is home, and I love him, thank God he is home.
Carmen Walsh, Year 6 Melrose

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