11-year-old plans post-quarantine party

Student Journalist Nicole Slusarz

What would be the first thing I would do when the COVID-19 quarantine is lifted? It is hard to answer this question because there are so many things that I would like to do first when we “return to our normal” lives. I would like to go to see a movie, I would like to go to a restaurant, I would like to… but the first thing that I would probably do is throw a party.  Yes! I would invite all my friends to my house so we could finally see each other face to face. I’m sure we would have so many laughs and stories to share. I would hug them all, we would play many games and just have a great time. I miss my friends dearly and yes, we see each other in zoom meetings and interact through Messenger Kids or FaceTime but this is not the same. I miss real conversations and fun.

I would also like to travel and visit my Dad’s family in Poland. We Skype with them almost every weekend but, as I said before it is not the same. I miss my relatives and I would really like to hug my grandma and grandpa. Not virtually hug but really, really hug them both. 

As I always say, I am the only but not-so-lonely child. I keep busy with schoolwork and after school activities which are all on zoom now. There are also good things that are coming out of this “new normal” and quarantine time. My family is spending more time together, my mom is fortunate to be working from home and her company offers many zoom activities for kids. I’m virtually meeting other kids and we are becoming friends. We all are doing our best to adjust to this “new normal” but this is not the same. I miss my friends, teachers, couches. I miss the normal world…

So yes, the party will be first!

About the author:
My name is Nicole Slusarz, I am 11 years old and I live with my parents and grandparents in Hopewell Junction, NY. I am a fifth-grader at St. Mary School in Fishkill. My favorite subjects are math and science. I am also a sixth-grader at Maria Konopnicka School of Polish Language in Poughkeepsie, NY.  I have been training in Kung Fu since I was a kindergartener. I also take acting classes. I like playing basketball and taking my Boston Terrier, Rusty for walks.

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