The recent spread of coronavirus has affected my view of my family by basically forcing me to stay in one place with them all the time and letting me see sides of them that I might have not seen before. I can see what they usually do when I am not around, and how they will feel and act if I am with them more.
I used to view my family like this: my parents took care of me, with my mom doing house chores, such as cooking and laundry. She was the parent who also kept good track of her kids’ education. My dad was the one who did lots of work on his computer, watched the TV sometimes, and in the spring liked to tend to his garden of vegetables -- every year we have too many vegetables to eat ourselves. As for my younger sister, the small girl of the family, she was my lovely playmate.
After the start of coronavirus though, I began to see them a little differently. Once, when I was bored, I went outside in the garden with my dad for a little while. I can see how much he likes taking care of his plants and how he cares so much about the environment, more than I thought he did. I saw my mom more often doing all the chores that she did, and I saw how much work she did for us, for the family. When we had to get something from outside, like from a grocery store, my mom said that she should be the only one going, no one else going to store with her. I can see how much she wants to protect us. I also saw in the morning my little sister woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and how she went about her schoolwork during the day, which I have not really seen that much before. All these are new and fun to me.
As you can see, coronavirus has made a big impact on how I view my family. Since we started staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve got to know more about my family, and I love them more than ever before.
Suri B. is a sixth-grader from the Overlake School.