By Joey, age 11
During covid-19, life was different. How different? So different that I hadn’t hugged my grandma in 11 months. I could only see my friends with a mask and 6 feet apart.
A couple days before my big 10th birthday I was feeling down. My mom said I could not have a birthday party because we were in the middle of a winter surge. A few days before my birthday my mom woke me up really early and said that there was a surprise in the living room. I followed my sister into the family room, which was completely dark. When I turned on the light, the room was brightly illuminated and sitting in a chair was my grandma, my Nanie!! I sprinted into her waiting arms and started crying. I probably hugged her for a good two minutes which was the first time I hugged Nanie in a year.
I couldn’t believe that she was actually here. I thought I was dreaming. We spent three days together, one day and night at her house and two days and one night at mine. On the final day it was my birthday and she was there to see me turn ten. Even when it seems like all hope is lost, family always finds a way to make the world better.