My name is Choco, and everything I know about me is that I live in Korea. I currently live with a family and my friend. My friend is much smaller than me and seems to have lived with this family from the beginning.
I have been sick since I was young. I have had pain in my ears and skin since I was born, and I don’t know who my parents are or the day I was born. I used to stay with the friends I met first in life, but then many people came and went here, and my friends left one by one.
One day a person found me and I went to a new place. Two people smiled at me and hugged me. I believed they would be my new mom and dad. However, my ears started to hurt so much again, so my mom took me somewhere else. There, she talked to a man in white clothes and took me back home. Since that day, my mom and dad never smiled and hugged me again. I cried because I was sick, and they yelled at me. I was scared and I was lonely.
Suddenly, my mom took me to a new place again. There was a woman who seemed to be a friend of my mother and a small child. That little child patted my head. I was a little afraid of unfamiliar scents and unfamiliar surroundings, but it was the warmth that I felt after a long time which made me feel at ease. I started to play with that little child, but when I came to my senses, my mother was no longer there. I was scared again. It was my first time being away from my mom.
She’ll be back soon.
After a day or two, she didn’t come. My ears began to hurt more and more. Why didn’t my mom pick me up? Why did she leave me with the child? I was so confused.
Days passed, my mom’s friend attached me to a leash and went outside. I was so happy to breathe the air outside after a long time, but at the same time, I missed my mom so much. I went to a new place again. There was a woman, a man, two children, and a friend who looked like me. They smiled at me and let go of the leash.
I said “Hi” to my friend, but she didn’t say “Hi” back. The lady who brought me here left me and just walked away. I began to realize that they abandoned me. I was so sad. Do they hate me? Am I ugly? Am I stinky? Why do they hate me? What did I do? My ears were hurting so badly, but the fact that they abandoned me hurt even more. I believed my new family would abandon me later.
My new mother and children took me somewhere else again. The man in white clothes put something in my ear and pinched it, and something pointed stabbed me in the neck. It hurt so much, but after a while, the pain disappeared little by little. Actually, my ears became much more comfortable. I played with the children every day and had to eat something that tasted really bitter once a day, but my new mom always gave me something tasty afterward and my pain disappeared.
I spend every day happily here and this house is starting to get more comfortable, but my friend who looks like me is still wary of me. I don’t think she hates me though, because she always sleeps next to me. As time went by, I forgot the existence of my first and second mother. One day, I realized that it is not my fault that they abandoned me. It’s not because I’m ugly and stinky, or unworthy of love. Now, I’m all better and not lonely in this house. I’m happy.
It makes me really happy to live with humans who make me feel warm.
Written by Kyoungmin S. (Grade 11)
The views expressed in this article represent the personal views of the author and should not be taken to represent the views of Dragon’s Print and Cebu International School.