COVID-19 has affected our summer quite a bit. Although we are limited by what we can do, we have spent significant amounts of time together as a family. Our son has learned to help trim the roses and take care of plants. My daughter cooked us a wonderful meal for our wedding anniversary and allowed us to go on a local hike. We play games together in the evening, and clean together on Saturdays. We then reward ourselves with a movie Saturday nights. I’ve learned to cut my husband’s hair with the trimmer, and we’ve all been learning how to be a team working together as a family for each meal. Finally, I think I’ve read the most books I’ve ever read this summer! I really never had the time to read, but now I am discovering the joy of reading. My kids will come out of this knowing how to repair window screens, take care of plants, cook, clean the house, and play fun board games together. Everyone is reading a lot! There are definitely silver linings to this pandemic. Resilience, independence, team work, and quality family time are positive outcomes of having this pandemic.
Submitted by T.O., Santa Clara County – Cupertino.