3.take care of oneself.
My first stay at home alone was
memorable. When I was twelve, once
both of my mother and father were
away on business, and I had been all
by myself for two days. My parents
left early the first day, and I got up
soon after they left. In the first
evening I was a little scared, so I
turned on all the lights. I actually
kept the light on in my bedroom the
For fear of getting up late the next
morning, I put three alarm clocks
near my bed and set the alarms
respectively at 6:00, 6:10, and 6:15.
In order to prove that I could take
care of myself, I washed my own
clothes the second afternoon, though
I could wait for Mother to do it. I
really felt proud of myself and
thought I was a big girl.