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Hello

December 13, 2019
By WolfieDW BRONZE, Mountain View, California
WolfieDW BRONZE, Mountain View, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If my life was to be just a single note in an endless symphony, how could I not sound it out for as long and as loudly as I could?" - Lauren Wolk, Wolf Hollow


Hello. A single word that can change everything. At least it did for me. When I first moved to the Golden State (aka California) I was alone. I had my family, but those were the only people I knew. It was like I was a polar bear that had just been plopped into the Amazon rainforest, wandering in circles, afraid, knowing nothing about its surroundings. I stayed in my house for a week, never going out, anxious of the encounters in this new, foreign land. After a while, I went grocery shopping with my dad, stepping out of my safe sanctuary. I learned that the people here spoke a language called English, and I was to learn it. But all I heard was a barrage of sounds, jumbling together, forming indistinguishable words. After that, I only came out of the house for important business.

When school first started, I begged my mom to homeschool me, scared of interacting with children that had lived their whole lives in this state. My mother refused, and she drove me straight to school. The moment I stepped out of the car, I heard 10, no, 100 times the sound of the grocery store. I shrank away, trying to fold up within myself, to disappear. My mother paid me no heed, just pulled me along to a room. It was small, with a woman sitting behind the reception desk. She jibber-jabbered, and Mom jibber-jabbered back. The woman nodded, and directed us to a classroom. I’ll admit that I was terrified. Everything that I was trying to avoid was right there in front of me. I nervously sat down next to a girl that looked similar to me. And as I listened to all the foreign sounds, the girl turned to me. And she said, “Hello.”



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bnarula said...
on Jan. 10 at 2:52 pm
bnarula, Los Altos, California
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@WolfieDW You took the reader on a roller coaster. I felt like I was that girl and the ending was fantastic and more suspenseful! Keep writing and making your voice heard.

martinolivia said...
on Jan. 8 at 1:33 pm
martinolivia, Los Altos, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Good friends are like stars you don't always see them but they're always there"

Yes @WolfieDW please please write another story

on Jan. 8 at 1:32 pm
PeanutButter17, Mountain View, California
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@WolfieDW this is so good!!! You should DEFINITELY post another story :D

macandcheese said...
on Jan. 8 at 12:53 pm
macandcheese, Mountain View, California
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I really loved this! keep up the good work!

martinolivia said...
on Jan. 8 at 12:52 pm
martinolivia, Los Altos, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Good friends are like stars you don't always see them but they're always there"

@WolfieDW this story is so good you should really post another story

on Jan. 7 at 1:02 pm
WolfieDW BRONZE, Mountain View, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If my life was to be just a single note in an endless symphony, how could I not sound it out for as long and as loudly as I could?" - Lauren Wolk, Wolf Hollow

Thanks for your support!!!

NovaStar33 said...
on Jan. 7 at 12:59 pm
NovaStar33, Los Altos, California
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Awesome work Wolfie!
@WolfieDW

mackenziez said...
on Jan. 7 at 12:58 pm
mackenziez, Los Altos, California
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Super proud of you for submitting this -- you are so talented as a writer -- interesting ideas and lots of enthusiasm. This is such a poignant piece!!

on Jan. 7 at 12:52 pm
PeanutButter17, Mountain View, California
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Yay!!! Nice job WolfieDW -- I love it!!! It's an awesome story!

NovaStar33 said...
on Jan. 7 at 12:50 pm
NovaStar33, Los Altos, California
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This writing was really good and showed a lot of personality. It had tons of details and I just want to keep reading these amazing pieces from WolfieDW!

martinolivia said...
on Jan. 7 at 12:48 pm
martinolivia, Los Altos, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Good friends are like stars you don't always see them but they're always there"

REALLY GOOD