Humans of Quarantine: My Mom

When the first outcry from WuHon China began, I remember the immediate fear my mom had. I was worried, but I thought she was paranoid. She would always tell me to bring a facemask to school, stop eating at school, and to wash my hand before I enter the car. As a typical sixteen-year-old, I became irritated.

When the first outcry from WuHon China began, I remember the immediate fear my mom had. I was worried, but I thought she was paranoid. She would always tell me to bring a facemask to school, stop eating at school, and to wash my hand before I enter the car. As a typical sixteen-year-old, I became irritated.

As I interviewed my mom about this virus, I understood her fear more.  Throughout the interview, I grew to love, and admire her efforts.  This is what she said to me: 

 “With the CoronaVirus, you can not avoid the death and the depressing state of this country. It makes me sad, not stressed but sad. If we are on lockdown forever, I know I can not visit my family in Cambodia. Even though I’m used to staying at home, as a housewife, I constantly feel worried when I go outside, it’s a motherly instinct. I miss going to the beach without worrying that I might catch the CoronaVirus. When the CoronaVirus is over I want to go to the beach, visit China Town, and go to the mall with my kids. But right now I’m ok staying at home with them.”

Within the interview, a big theme that my mom highlighted was her fear that I would catch the coronavirus. In spite of all the misfortunes the Corona Virus brought, it also created a stronger sense of unity for families. It is hard to look at any positives in these unprecedented times, but staying with family is a sure way to keep oneself sane.