By Emma, Age 10
My COVID-19 story is like everyone else’s, but way different at the same time. When COVID-19 was still
developing in China, I made fun of it. I would say “COVID-19” in a deep, strange voice, while my friends laughed. Now, when I look back, I laugh a little. I had no idea what COVID-19 had in store for me. I barely knew what was going on when we were missing school and were squashed at home. When we
finally had a little more freedom, I had a sudden interest in swimming. Soon followed other interests such as writing, art, and unlike most people, learning (school).
I learned a lot going through COVID-19, but I especially learned about who I am as a person. COVID-19 shaped me to be aware of the stresses around me and to face them head on. I learned how to better react to things that I don’t approve of. While it’s been a crazy past two years (I got diagnosed with arthritis and got a dog!), I’m still discovering more and more about myself. COVID-19 painted a bigger picture of who I am and who I want to be. I am thankful for my pandemic story.