Looking after Lara - Lara feels homesick
Whilst excitedly planning a trip to the cinema, everyone notices that Lara, aged 12, is a little out of sorts – acting very subdued and choosing a silly slapstick film over her usual preference, a more serious, sad one. Lara talks to her mum and explains that she is feeling homesick but she doesn't feel that she can confide in her friends in case they think she is being silly. Lara tries to explain her feelings to Akira, but finds it difficult to get through to her friend.
On receiving a sentimental package from her mum, Lara has an emotional outburst and snaps at Monica, running away to hide her tears. She reluctantly decides to make an appointment with the school counsellor, but is unable to get an appointment until the next day. Meanwhile, her friends are shocked at her outburst, but eventually understand the situation – she is homesick. They decide she needs to talk about it, and Tony decides just to listen to what she has to say. Lara feels better after their heart to heart conversation and the two head off to the cinema to join the others - to see the film Lara really wanted to see. They all cry at the movie together, realising that it's healthy to share your feelings with your friends.
Available since: Fri 16 Nov 2012
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