As a child worker


My friend is gone, to work. My family need money. I will go to work too. I need to. It seems cool to be in there, working, operating the machine. I am going to work, NOW. It is mill, I’m in here.

I am operating the frame. I can see my friend. I like here. I am happy that my family told me to do it. I can operate the machine even I‘m little slow. It is mill. I like it.

People told me to do it faster, I’m trying. It is the best of me, but they want more from me. It is getting hard and bad, worse than I ever thought before.

Now, I know the real side of the mill. I can’t do this anymore. I will leave.

I thought I left, but I’m working, again and again. People look at me like I did something wrong. Employments don’t like me, i feel like i’m criminal. Then i realize, i got caught, i tried to leave but i got caught. It’s the reason why they looked at me like i did something wrong and it’s the reason why they kept their eyes on me everytime. I don’t know what should i do now, so i work.


Laugh like machine

It’s them, again, taking our photo. I laugh, to look good, but actually I’m not. I cry, yell, and run to stop this labor, but in the picture I’m laughing. Don’t know why, I laugh. I really like working with my friends. Even i really like my friends and being with them, i don’t laugh like i do in the picture. I like that thing taking our photo, the camera, but i don’t like people who are taking it. They just take our photo and disappears. First, i thought it’s so cool.  Because the camera is fancy. But Now, it feels weird, it feels like i’m being watched everytime and everywhere by them. I don’t like this feeling. I smile and laugh in front of the camera, even i’m not happy or want to laugh. I feel like i need to. So i just laugh when they are taking our photo, i feel like they’ll demand me to laugh when i don’t. So i just do it by myself, don’t want them to shout and try to teach me. I don’t know what they will do to me if i don’t laugh, but i don’t want to know and I’ll never try to know.

It is already hard for me helping my master fishing. I don’t want to be curious about it if there is a possibility that it will become more tough for me. So i’ll just laugh. Still hoping that one day somebody will notice my feeling.



I’m 13 years old. I’m one of the worker of this farm. I had friends, even here, but they are gone now. The master got new workers instead of my friends. When I had friends on this farm, it was okay. Not great, not bad, just okay. Now, without my friends, it feels like it’s too tough for me.

This farm, doing a huge plantation of tobacco. Many people working here are exposed by the nicotine so they get diseases, serious diseases. I’m too scared to stay and work here. It feels like i’ll die, it feels like people who got disease telling me that now it’s my turn. But even i have a tough life i really want to live. I really want to feel and know how it feel like when i have a power. I think it will be so cool.

I can’t sleep. Yesterday, it was okay but i can’t sleep just between one day i feel sick. My body feels like it’s not mine, it feels like it belongs to another person.

It was like a medicine, you get it until you feel good, until it kills you. It got my friends and now it is getting me.


Vignette – Heart and light

Heart and light

Grade 7

       “Love” my mom said softly.    

       “Also, a friend.” my dad add it.
        They were answering my question, what they value the most in their life.

       “What do you mean by that? Why do you value that the most? I asked.

       My parents looked like they are thinking about my question. There was a silence a few moments.

       “Love is a heart,” mom started to talk about it.

       “Heart is the most important part in our body. Love is as important as our heart. We loves you two and supporting you by giving you a food, clothes, jewels, and we send you to the school to learn.” mom answered and looked at me and my sister.

       I was thinking while my mom was talking about it. I noticed that I’m here, I born because of my parents loved each other. Also, they loves me till now. I was looking back the past and I was able to learned that my mom, dad and sister gave me a lot of love. I thought that is necessary thing, but it is not. I felt sorry and thankful for them.

       “Thanks, and how about the friend?” I asked curiously.

       “Friend, as important as love in our life,” dad stated.

       “You go to your friend’s house and play together. You can tell your friend a secret or you can get rid of stress with your friend. Your companion can give you a advice or scold you and make you go to the right path. This is the reasons why friends are important.” dad said.

       I think my friends are light. They are as bright and important as a light. When I’m surrounded by the darkness, the light, they help me from darkness. They protect me.

Pin cushion

We made a pin cushion. When I was choosing the design of mine, I chose letter L but I wanted to be more challenging. So I chose a design something looks like an squid with only three legs. Then we learned how to put the buttons on the fabric(clothes). I was struggled when I was cutting fabrics into my design, because the fabrics were curved I wasn’t able to immobilise and cut it. We put a buttons on each fabric. It was fun to tie it up. I was also struggled with sewing edges. I went up and I got confused so I came back down the same way I went up. My squid’s legs were to thin when I flip it over.  If I’d make another pin cushion, I will make legs more thicker and cut my shape perfectly.

It became very thinner than my drawing.

This is my finished pin cushion.

This is my drawing of my design.

Paper air plane

My initial thinking of best paper air plane was fly far distances. I tried to make my plane to go far distance, but it wasn’t easy as I thought so. Later on, my thinking changed. I really want my plane go fast and strong, so for my second plane I tried new way of folding it.

The definition of best plane for others were looks good, trick route, fly far, fast and straight. I change wings more narrow to make my plane fly fast and strong.

In our group, we made new air plane per person, explain and try it. 

Finally our group made one good plane. It fly far and straight.

Ancient Greece -Myth second draft

                                                                                                               Belated regret
By: YeonWoo Seo
       Nowadays, we can see fascinating flamingos. Actually they have a sorrowful story. A story of a gorgeous girl and a benevolent boy. It happened like this.

       A long time ago in a village nearby Mount Olympus, one girl was living in very fundamental house. Her name was Kallos. She was very glamorous girl. She had double eyelids, clear and apparent eyes, prominent nose and cherry lips. So many boys admired her, but she had a few demerits which covered her all wonderful merits. That was her personality. She was very greedy and egoist. What was worse, she was vain and over confident, so many people didn’t like her after a single conversation. 

       One day, she surreptitiously walked to the Forest of Artemis to hunt. In the path to it, there was a golden rocks ,and elegant door was a entrance of the forest. While she was looking for the wild animals, she met one old woman. The old woman was wearing a black cloak, so nobody was able to see her face. Suddenly she stopped in front of Kallos. 

       “Excuse me, beautiful lady. What caused you to come to this wild forest?” Asked old woman, still cover her face.
       “Oh.. old woman, I came to hunt wild animals,” Kallos replied. 


       “But you know powerful demons are living here?” Wondered old woman. 
       “Yes, but I don’t care, because I’m very powerful and outstanding at hunting so,” answered Kallos. 
       “Then do you know the owner of this forest?” Old woman questioned, and she started to walk deep in the forest. 
       “Um… of course why not? Owner is Artemis, The goddess of hunting. Isn’t it?” Kallos inquired. 
       “Yeah you’re right, the owner is Artemis. Then you will know the rule. Nobody can come inside if Artemis didn’t allowed to,” Old woman indicated, stared at Kallos.
       “Yes, but how about you? You came inside of this forest too!” Kallos shouted, feel distracted by old woman.
       “Oh girl, Artemis allowed me to come in. Kallos, don’t be greedy. That mind is the way how you lose your precious thing. Just attempt or focus on what you are allowed to do. If you covet other’s things you will lose everything.” Old woman recommended.
       “I didn’t tell my name… how does she know my name?” Kallos was curious. She went back to her path to go to her house after old woman disappeared. 
       While she was going back to her house, she saw a handsome boy. So she doesn’t know why but she was going to him. “Hello? My name is Kallos, what’s your name?” Kallos asked. 
       “Oh.. my name is Alexios. Nice to meet you!” Answered Alexios. 
       They had a long conversation until Kallos notice it was dark now. When they were having conversation, they noticed that they like each other.
       “Oh now we have to go. The sky’s the dark cave now.” Said Kallos. 
       “Oh yeah. The sky is as dark as a cave. See you again. Bye!” Said Alexios, feel weird about his mind.
       There was a reason why Alexios still liked her. It is Kallos liked him so she was very careful when she was talking with him, because she remembered her mother said be careful when you’re talking with people. They don’t like people who is egoist or vain
       When she came back to her house she thought about old woman who she met in the forest. But she didn’t care about what she said and fell asleep. 
       Next morning, she went to the same forest again. She was afraid to see old woman again, because old woman warned her not to come this forest again, but she met her again. 
       “Oh my… you didn’t care what I told,” she came closer to Kallos. “Girl, I warned you last day but you didn’t listen. You will regret bitterly.” Then she flew away. Kallos ran away of that forest and she met Alexios. 
       In the mount Olympus, Artemis called Eros. “Eros, let me revenge to her she illegally came into my forest. Shoot Kallos with your sharp love arrow and shoot Alexios with your desire arrow.” Pleased Artemis. So Eros agreed to do it and he shoot it. 
       So it makes Kallos love him but same time Alexios hate her because of it. She always followed Alexios so Alexios was very stressful.
       Same as normal days, Kallos was following Alexios and if there is a female who is coming to him, she distract and get attention of them. When it was night Alexios was relaxing, get free from Kallos. But it didn’t take long time. Kallos came to him and 
       “Please Kallos I hate you as much as how the rats hate cats. So please let me alone!” Shouted Alexios.
        “I can’t! It is hard to let you go alone. I don’t know why, but I can’t.” she responded mournfully. 
       One day, Alexios prayed to gods. “Gods please help me. If you can’t stop her, please change me to other living thing that can be chirpy and free.” 
       When Zeus heard it he called Hephaestus and ordered to make him ecstatic animal so he made Alexios a beautiful living thing called flamingo. It was different with other animals, it was beautiful.
       But when she notice that Alexios is gone, she prayed to gods. “I’m sorry gods. Please..please let me find Alexios.” 
       So this time Artemis heard her woeful pray, and she ordered Eros to make Alexios to hate Kallos, so she made Kallos to a same type of animal as Alexios.
       But when they met each other, they just flashed by, and wasn’t able to notice each other. So Kallos was doleful, and realised it pays what she did so she promised not to be greedy anymore.