By Anika, age 10
It had been a week since we had gone into lockdown in Vienna, and it was 1:30pm in the afternoon on a Monday. That would be around 5pm in India – just the perfect time for a chat with my grandparents. I told them about distance learning – mostly I was grumbling. They listened patiently and asked me to stay hopeful. They told me about their lives back at home. We ended up talking for hours – one conversation led to another and before I knew it my mom was calling me for dinner.
While munching on my favorite dish, I noticed my mood had significantly lifted. I realized that this pandemic was going to be hard and perhaps long. But I knew right that second, that family, a thing many people took for granted, was going to get us through this. That the love, hope and the endless conversations with family would become a powerful force all families globally could rely on. That one day we would look back at this time fondly- where we fought through a pandemic unified with hope and love of family in hand.