Nothing Like Home

People often say:
“Oh you are my home” or “you make feel at home”

But to me,
You are nothing like my home.

Because for me,
Home is a mess.

It is full of screaming and crying and cussing,

It’s like the sounds of crashing pots and pans;

Accompanied by the screaming and yelling and lots of

It is nothing,

But a roof and 4 walls.

If you were like Home,

I don’t think I would love you all that much.

Because home is anything but a safe space.

But you,

Oh, how you , my love; you are my safe space.

You make me feel safe

You never raise your voice or throw stuff

You never make me feel guilty just by eating a cookie.

You never even make me feel bad for expressing my feelings
towards you

So unlike home,

You make me feel safe with your arms wrapped around me

feeling your soft touch and you telling me how much I mean
to you and how much you mean to me.

You are nothing like home

But in this case,

I think it’s a good thing.

Thank you,
For being nothing like home

--Felicity E., 9th-12th Grade

Library note:
If you or someone you know has a problem with domestic / relationship violence please seek help: National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text BEGIN to 88788.