By Laykin, Age 10
It was December 19, 2020 and the pandemic was getting pretty stressful for lots of people. My brother, sister and I were in the middle of virtual learning and we were feeling quite lonely. One morning, my parents were watching the basketball game and said, “Guys get dressed we have a surprise!” My siblings and I were so excited! After we were all dressed, we hopped into the car and drove off! I kept asking if we were going horseback riding but my parents wouldn’t say anything. I was really confused. Then my parents said, “we wanted to give you guys 3 friends that would give you a glimmer of hope and to make you happy and not lonely!” We were speechless. Then we welcomed three Syrian Hamsters into the family! The past 14 months have been really helpful with our hamsters.