My first day of school was the proudest day of my life, because I was given a second chance for a better life.

I enjoy learning new things. We learned the sit and stay commands today. With a little practice, I will get better.

I couldn’t wait to get home from school to tell Malcolm all about my day.  I tell Malcolm everything; even my biggest, darkest secrets. Malcolm is my neighbor and best friend.  Yep– he’s a cat. He’s orange colored with stripes. It’s embarrassing to walk down the street with him because he’s so much bigger than I am. It amazes me how smart he is. If I study hard in school, maybe I’ll be as smart as he is.

One of the biggest life lessons I learned while I lived on the streets was to appreciate all the little things my friends take for granted. Things like having someplace to go to at the end of the day, a warm bed to sleep at night, and food and water whenever I’m hungry or thirsty.

My life has changed so much, and I need to remember to give thanks everyday.  These are the things I am grateful for today.

1. My family 

2. My home

3. Food

4. A warm bed

5. Malcolm

In gratitude,

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