Houston Forward Times

21 August 2013 Written by  Jamey Watts

Home Sweet Home

11029575-large-e1338497877729People often say, “What’s the difference between a house and a home?” It’s simple. A house is just a structure. It’s a thing, a place. It’s just a house. A home is where the heart is. Now whether that heart has been broken in that home, depends on the situations and things that happened. A home is based around the people who live in it and their personalities. This is what makes the home happy or sad. 

The real question is, is every house a home? 

A home is so critical to youth and teenagers like me. It affects everything we do. Being happy and functional starts at home. If there is no positivity at home then most likely we won’t be very positive in other surroundings.  In some homes, teenagers experience parental neglect, physical and/or sexual abuse, violence, and substance abuse. Imagine what this child has to deal with! 

At our age that is just too much to deal with and that’s when we run away. We see it as escaping and hoping for something better.  In America, there are nearly 1.3-1.5 million runaways. Out of that, it is estimated that 5000 youth die each year as a result of assault, illness, or suicide. 

Imagine a young teen trying to go to school and succeed and everyday they go home to an abusive situation or drug addicted  parents. It’s too difficult and too much stress. They figure running away is the only solution. In 2007, Ludacris made a song called “Runaway Love” where 3 girls were in inwho used drugs and her mother’a boyfriend would molest her. Another girl was physically abused  by her stepfather. The last girl popped pills to ease the pain from home and became pregnant. She thought about going home but she imagined her mom abusing her. 

When we have nowhere else to go, we should want to come to our home. But that is not the case for some teens and it is really sad.  So to answer my question, is every house a home, no it’s not. 

I once thought about running away, but then I thought about the teenagers who really have trouble at home. I realized I was being very ungrateful and silly. I just didn’t want to listen and wanted to have my way. I wish some youth didn’t have to deal with abuse and violence in their homes, but hopefully one day they will have a home of their own and it will be filled with love and happiness.
 

Home, sweet home...