By Elli, Age 11
I woke up to a hazmat suited lady saying something in Chinese. I look around to see a nose and thought “the swab is coming for me.” This is my life in a Chinese covid hospital. When we first arrived in China, I was so excited… until we tested positive. I thought we were free from quarantine only to find myself in an ambulance. Then we moved to a covid hospital and stayed there for almost two months, never even going outside. In that time, I had to really think about my perspective. Instead of thinking about how most days we got gross cabbage (even one time with a cockroach in it), I could think of the bright side remembering that I got a hamburger yesterday. Sure, they painfully tested us every other day, but I got to watch a movie almost every other night.
Rather than focusing that I was missing a ton of school, I would think on how I was spending more time with my dad then I had in two years. Looking back to that experience, I don’t see anything bad, only the good. I would not want to do that again, but just look back at the memories.