Moving day is hard
for best friends
by Anna and Ashley
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
1 - My friend Katelynn
Hi! My name is Anna. In three days, it is my birthday. I am
so excited! My best friend Katelynn is going to be there. Katelynn
is my best friend in the whole world. We've been friends since,
well, since I moved here to North Battleford. At school we do
lots of things together. We play together, we read books together
and we do other things together, too. She is my very best friend.
Well, enough about Katelynn. I have to go to school! I am going
to miss the bus! See ya! I've got to run!
I was almost at the school playground when I saw Katelynn
waiting for me (she always waits for me). She was jumping up
and down. I could see she was excited about my birthday too.
When I got closer to her, I ran up to her.
"I am so excited about your birthday, Anna!" she
said, excitedly. "It's going to be so much fun!"
Just then the bell rang. We went into the school. We rushed
inside the school. We made sure
we were never late. Our teacher has rules about that, but she
is very nice. First we sang our "O Canada", then we
said "Our Father", then we prayed the Rosary. We did
Religion, Math, Spelling, Phonics. The bell rang to go home for
lunch. I walk home, but too bad Katelynn doesn't. Her mom doesn't
have time to make a lunch for her so she buys a lunch at the
store. I said good-bye and I walk home with my sister Paula.
I ate lunch and hurried back to school. Usually it is recess
already. Then the bell rang. I rushed inside and saw Katelynn.
We walked to the classroom together. When we got to the classroom
our teacher was smiling at us. We smiled back then went to our
desks. (Unfortunately our desks aren't side by side).
When we sat down Mrs. Dewan came in. We did a couple of things,
and then we said goodbye to Mrs. Dewan. We checked Math, then
Phonics. The fives (the last person in the row) passed out a
math sheet. We did that. Then we checked it. Then a storyteller
came in. His name was
his name was, I forget.
Well, his name isn't I forget, I just forget his name, ok. He
tells great stories.
The bell rang to go home. I said bye to Katelynn. I walked
home with Tala and Ashley and of course, how could I forget,
my sister Paula. Pretty soon it was time to say good-bye to Tala.
She goes home before any of us because she lives on 23rd street.
I live on 24th street. My address is 2118 24th Street. We said
bye to Tala. Me, Ashley and Paula kept walking. Then I said bye
to Ashley because it was our turn to go home. Ashley walks the
rest of the way by herself. Ashley has a little sister too, but
she is in kindergarten. Her name is Miranda. Paula and Miranda
are friends. In fact, I think they are best friends, by the looks
Anyway, we were at my Auntie's house
I guess you are
wondering why I'm at my Auntie's house not at my house well
My mom doesn't have enough money to buy a house so we moved in.
Before we lived in an apartment building. I hated that apartment
building. It was too small to run around in.There was no backyard!
No place to run around! Can you believe it! It's true! Nothing
but parking lots. It was not fair at all! We always had to be
quiet. I'm glad we moved. Really glad.
My Auntie let me, my sister and my cousins (Eddie and Joey) eat
ice cream outside on our swing set. Oh! Did I tell you about
my cousins? Their names are Eddie and Joey. They are only little.
Eddie is three and Joey is one year old.
2 - Bad News
When we were done our ice cream, I got a phone call. It was
Katelynn. Her mom said she could only come for an hour. Then
she hung up.
"AN HOUR", I said out loud. "Katelynn can only
come to my birthday for an hour."
"Well, at least she can come" said my Auntie.
I bet you're wondering where my mom is. Well, she went to
Winnipeg. She is not going to be back until Wednesday. That is
a long time because today is only Sunday. Whoops! How could it
be Sunday? There is no school on Sunday. Silly me. Sorry about
that. Sometimes I get confused. Today is Monday. It is a long
time though. That's bad news, isn't it? Well, to me it is. But
the worst news is that Katelynn can't come to my birthday for
the whole thing. Too bad. She is my best friend.
Just then, I got another phone call. It was my mom.
"Hi mom", I said.
"Hi Anna," she said. "I have news. We are moving
to the USA. It's going to be fun".
Uhh, yeah, really fun. Bye. Think of my teacher and Katelynn
and all my friends. Ahhh man!
3 - Before
I Go to Bed
It is the day before my birthday. Before I go to bed, I have
my bedtime snack and then brush my teeth. And get my pajamas
on. But, I am still not ready for bed. First, I go get my favorite
teddy bear. Then me and my little cousin Joey go into our room.
My auntie puts Joey into his crib. Sometimes he cries a little,
but I don't mind. Sometimes he doesn't cry at all. Then my Auntie
goes and gets my mom. After a couple of minutes, my mom comes
We say our prayers. The prayer we say is one I made up. I like
making up things. My mom loves the prayers I say. Then I give
my mom a hug and a kiss. I lay in my bed and the room gets darker
and darker. It was too bad Katelynn couldn't come for the whole
thing. I mean, she is my very best friend. Well, my other friends
are going to be there too. This is the number of people I invited,
eighteen people. Jamie couldn't come. That's 18-1=17. 17 kids.
Good night. Good ohhhh night.
4 - The Big
I woke up. My sister was standing in the doorway. I know,
I know time to get up. She always stands in the doorway and says
"I'm not going to tell you to wake up silly", said
my sister. "Today is your birthday".
IT IS!" I said.
"Yes, it is, silly," my sister muttered. She walked
away. "That Anna doesn't even remember her own birthday".
I sprung up from bed, got dressed, ate breakfast and put on
my bookbag and went out the door. Paula and I ran to school.
"What's the rush", she asked. "The rush is,
I got to get to school before the bell rings. I do not want to
I saw Katelynn waiting for me.
"Can you come for the whole party?" I asked.
"No", she said.
"Aaahh, too bad. I really wanted you to come for the
Then we went inside. We did a couple of things then the bell
rang for lunch. Ashley, Paula and I walked home for lunch. I
ate lunch and came back to school. We did Phonics, Math and a
couple other things. Then the bell rang to go home. I was in
a hurry and did not wait for anyone. I just ran home. It was
my birthday party. I had to be there early.
When I got there, people started coming. When everyone was
there, we had hot dogs, cake and juice. Then, we opened presents.
Then we went in the swimming pool. After an hour, it was time
for Katelynn to go. I rushed out of the water to give her a treat
"Happy Birthday", she said, as I gave her the treat
"Bye", I said, "thanks for coming".
"You're welcome", she said.
"I want you to know you're my best friend", I said.
"You're mine too".
"I'm moving tomorrow, see ya!"