Class: Social Studies
Name: Jade Lessard
Assignment: storyboard based off of The Broken Blade.
"Mom, when will it stop raining? The house is getting cold."
I'm leaving behind my mother, my father, my little sister, and my baby brother. Dad's been working long hours so we can keep our home and feed everybody. I'm leaving to become a voyageur, hopefully I can make enough money from paddling a canoe to feed my family. I'm fourteen, and this is going to feel like a lot of pressure.
"I don't know. Let's just pray your father's long hours pay off."
After we leave St. Anne's Church, I feel like I have a gaping hole in my heart. "The start of the journey"? So, all of that and it's JUST started? Oh, goody. I miss my family, especially my father. My hands are sore, my blisters are bloodied. My brigade is no problem, they're all fine men. They're friendly but never distracted.
It was decided that we'd paddle through the rapids. It was a struggle and I almost fell over the side of the canoe. I caught myself just in time. It was difficult, we had to avoid so many logs, rocks, and other junk. There were a lot of things we kind of just had to run over, it was bumpy and I felt sick to my stomach.
Crossing Lake Superior was really rough, we had to stop frequently because it was getting so difficult to cross. We did risk paddling across, instead of clinging to the shoreline. I felt like vomitting over the side of the canoe, the winds and waves made me so sick.
We made it. We finally made it. It's hard to think that after all of the blisters, all of the mosquito bites, all of the paddle strokes, we're here. We made it to Grand Portage. I had to kneel down, at the side of the trading post with my arms at my sides, eyes closed, and think...
I could not believe I was home. Finally home, my family was waiting for me at the door. My sister looked so happy to see me. My little brother had grown a lot during the time I was away. I liked being with the brigade, getting to be out on the water, even though it got tough. But I don't think I'll go back unless I really need to. But how much have I really grown...?
He's home, Papa! He's home!
And look how he's grown.
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