Each winter By bulyn panjamapirom

Each winter

just as the first of the snow begins to fall,

My mother goes home to South Carolina

So she gets on the bus alone.

The first year with one,

The second year with two

And finally with three children, Hope and Dell hugging each leg and me

In her arms. Always

There is a fight before she leaves.

South Carolina is important to Jacqueline's mother because it makes her feel homesick when she is not there and at home when she is there.

She brings plants in to remind her of the warmness of South Carolina.

Each winter just as the first of the snow begins to fall, my mother goes home to South Carolina,

Sometimes,

my father goes with her but mostly, He doesn't

So she gets on the bus alone. The first year with one, the second year with two, and finally with three children, Hope and Dell hugging each leg and me in her arms. Always there is a fight before she leves

Ohio

Is where my father wants to be but to my mother Ohio will never be home.

No matter how many plants she brings indoors each winter, singing softly to them, the lilt of her words a breath of warm air moving over each leaf. In return, they hold on to their color even as the snow begins to fall. A reminder of the deep green South. A promise of life

Somewhere.

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Jacqueline's mother feels at home in South Carolina because it triggers memories and she has family there. In conclusion, South Carolina is very important to her mom because she feels homesick living in Ohio and feels at home living there.

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Created with images by Le carnet de Mimi - "Sur la route de St-Sauveur-des-Monts, Laurentides" • Vijay Sonar - "Flower & pot"

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