A House Is Not a Home
This is a real incident of a teenager Zan Gaudioso. The narrator in this story is a teenager who finds it difficult to make new friends and adjust to a new place. He feels lonely and expressed. After junior high school, the narrator joined the high school. He felt at a loss and lonely among new teachers and students. He missed his old school and old friends.
One day his house caught fire. The whole house was burnt .Nothing was left he lost his cat also. The narrator went to his grandparent’s house with his mother. Next day, the narrator had to go to school wearing the previous day’s dress and borrowed shoes. He had lost everything in the fire. He felt embarrassed .The news of fire soon spread in the school. Everyone felt concern for the narrator they wanted to help him. They gave him all kinds of clothes, books and school supplies. Their selfless love and concern touched his heart .Soon he had many friends.
The narrator still missed his pet cat. It was missing. After months when he and his friends watching his house rebuilt, a lady came with his cat. She brought happiness back to the narrator. Now the feeling of loss and tragedy had gone. He was grateful to life, his new friends and the kind lady. He regained interest in life.
Q. Why does the author break down in tears after the fire?
A. The author was upset but did not cry for a long time .The fire was finally out. Everything was completely burnt down. Suddenly he realizes that his pet cat was missing. He searched for her everywhere. It was a big loss for him. He was already missing his old school, old friends and now it was his pet cat. All this made him break down in tears.
Q. How did the author feel in the new /high school?
A. The author was much attached to his old school, teachers and friends .In the new school nobody knew him. He neither had any friend nor tried to make any. It was a big school and the atmosphere was unfamiliar. So he felt at a loss, isolated and lonely among strangers.
ANSWERS OF THE TEXT BOOK
Q. What does the author notice one Sunday afternoon? What is his mother’s reaction? What does she do?
A. The author, while doing his homework noticed the smoke pouring in through the Seams of the ceiling. The room was filled with the smoke very quickly. They all ran outside to save their life. His mother ran out of the house with a small metal box full of important Documents .She became so crazy that she rushed back to the house just after dropping the box.
Q. Why does he break down in tears after the fire?
A. The author’s house was completely burned down. Five hours later when the fire was finally out, he realized at once that his cat was nowhere. He had to face the loss of old school, His house and cat. In such a state, He cried and broke down in tears.
Q. Why is the author deeply embarrassed the next day in school? Which words show his fear and insecurity?
A. The author was full of remorse as he was left with nothing. He didn’t have proper dress and study material .He had no backpack. He had the feeling of insecurity. All things appeared Strange to him. He was shocked deeply and seemed frustrated. Negative idea and feelings of despair overwhelmed him.
Q. The cat and the author are very fond of each other .How has this been shown in the story? Where was the cat after the fire? Who brings it back and how?
A. The author loved his cat very much. He never considered her far from him .She kept sitting beside him when he did his homework and other household work. When the author finds his cat back, his happiness was beyond the limits. He grabbed her quickly and felt relieved .This proved that they were very fond of each other. The cat ran over a mile away when the house was on fire. A stranger lady brought it back as there was a phone number written on the collar of cat.
Q. What actions of the schoolmates change the author’s understanding of life and people, and comfort him emotionally? How does his loneliness vanish and how does he start participating in life?
A. His schoolmates bought up school supplies, notebooks, all kinds of different cloths for the Author in order to help him .It was a matter of surprise and too difficult to believe for him .He got emotional satisfaction. People, who had never spoken, introduced themselves one by on .All things seemed new and created his interested in life. Now, he had all the things whatever he used to have. He started enjoying his life as usual.
Q. What is the meaning of “My cat was back and so was I”? Had the author gone anywhere? Why does he say that he is also back?
A. Here the author wants to point out that life without affection is useless .He was depressed after loss in all fields. His old school and teachers were always in his mind .The fire had reduced his house to ashes .His cat was also not with him. In such circumstances he considered himself dead and had n interest in life. In the end as soon as the conditions took the turn he felt relieved. Now he had all the things with him. The author had not gone anywhere. It was his state of mind. He recovered from this gloomy state and started enjoying life.