“Why can’t we stay at the park. Why do we have to go home?” Simone cries.
“Home is where your family is. Home is where you are warm and safe” says her mom.
“Let’s take a trip to see all our friends and their homes.”
They took the subway to South Philadelphia to see their friend Vathiny. “I love my home” says Vathiny “its filled with yummy smells. My Yeay tells me stories and brushes my hair.”
They walked to Center City to meet their new little friend, Kamau.
They took the elevator up, up, up to his apartment home.
“Shh, Kamau is sleeping.”
Simone peeked into the room.
“Papa, look at his little bed next to the big bed” Simone whispers.
“That’s to keep him close to his Mama and safe.”
They took the bus to Kensington to see their friend Elvis.
“I have the most fun in my home!” says Elvis. “There’s always music playing, aunties and cousins visiting, and my neighborhood friends playing soccer outside!”
They took the trolley to visit their friend Keisha in West Philadelphia. “Do you want to see something so cool about my home? Come with me. My grandad and my mom both grew up in this house and now I’m growing up here. This home has taken care of my whole family.”
Now Simone was tired and happy to go home. “You’re right, Mama. Our homes are full of love, keep us safe, and make us strong and happy.”