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"I Love the Circus" by Chelsea (13)
Yesterday I went to the circus. It was very fun. When I went I walked around and saw the pictures of that circus. When I saw that it was 7:00 I knew they were going to start to play. This is my first time there.
It was a story about a boy who the villagers did not like because he could not speak or hear. They made him sad. He prayed to the gods. The gods said “Do you want to be a girl like your mother?” They turned the boy into a girl. She was the most beautiful girl in the village. But still they killed her, because they thought she was bad. When she died, the gods came andsaid “Why did you do this?” and they made the girl live again as a boy.
To show this story, the actors jumped with the fire light. They danced with the music. They jumped high from the see saw onto a big mat. And they stood on top of each other.
After they finished, they stretched. Then I asked them some questions. “How long did you study this?” I asked.
Two men said they learned this for 7 years. Two other men said they learned this for 8 years, and another man said he studied for 10 years. The two women both studied for 9 years.
I also asked if they will do this for a long time. All the men said, “No! When I have a wife, I will stop.” But the women said, “I am not thinking about a husband. But when I am 30 I will stop.”
Chelsea, age 13 -Author supplied data
In my family there were four people. Me, my parents and my brother. One day my parents had a fight. Then me and my brother ran to my grandmother’s house. Then I went to live with her when I was 7 years old. Now I am 13 years old. In my grandma’s family there were 7 people. My uncle, aunt, their two children, my grandma and my sister. When I was 13 years old my grandma died. I was very sad. When the funeral was finished I went to live with my uncle and aunt. I hope one day I will live with my good family again.