January 22, 2007
The following story was written by Erin Peters, from Sydney, Nova Scotia. Erin attends class with the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County, Sydney Reading Circle. She lives with her Mom and Dad in Sydney. Erin likes to drop into Clubhouse and do the dishes. She also likes music and listens to the radio. Next year, when Erin returns to class, she is looking forward to learning how to count money.
I got my dog in Glace Bay. My mother and brother-in-law went to get the dog at a woman’s house. When they got the dog home I was glad to get her. I took her upstairs and showed her to my father. She was all black and she was small and cute. I have a name for her. Her name is Jessie. I have a hole in my pants. She liked to chew on them. She squeaks the ball for my father. My parents both love her. I have a nickname for her. It is Boogie Baby. She gets sad when I go out and gets very excited when I come home. She is in the car when my mother or father pick me up. I love my Jessie.
[This story was taken with permission, from Our Side of the Mountain 2006, p. 17, a collection of writings by adult learners from Cape Breton.]