| "Sarah, wake up."
I stirred groggily and sat up. I shook my head, trying to clear it. I blinked and splashed my face with cold water from the faucet.
After dressing quickly, I headed down to get some breakfast.
"Morning." I said, taking a seat at the table.
"Good morning Sarah, Dear." Mom said, setting a plate of food in front of me. "You look exhausted. Did you not sleep last night?"
"I slept," I said, "it just wasn't enough. I stayed awake for a while. I was thinking about the kids in school."
"It will be ok." Mom said. "Your father and I have told you already. It will all be ok. Don't worry. If people are beeing rude to you, tell them to stop."
"I don't like to stand up to people." I said. "They can see, I can't. They could very easily hurt me."
Mom patted my back gently. "I know." she said. "Tell someone then. You can do that, right?"
"Good girl." Mom said, moving around the kitchen again.
"Did Dad already leave for work?" I asked.
"Yes," Mom said, "but he told me to tell you he loves you and to have fun today."
I smiled and started to eat my breakfast. Mom had made me eggs, toast, bacon, and sausage. Just the thing to cheer me up.
"Mom," I said, "where's Rosie?"
"Call her." Mom said. I could tell she was grinning.
"Rosie!" I called. "Come here girl."
My large labrador retriever bounded up to me and lay her head on my lap.
"Aren't you supposed to be under the table girl?" I said, laughing as Rosie just nudged my hand with her nose.
Rosie was my guide dog. Mom had talked to the school, and they allowed Rosie to come with me and help me out.
I finished my breakfast, grabbed Rosie's colar, leash, and jacket, then headed out to the car to start my first day of school.
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