Vanessa Unmuted

Vanessa Chin was a little grumpy and sleepy.  She had just finished eating lunch with her parents and younger brother, Jordan.  She didn’t want to log back onto Zoom for the final session of her school day.  It was the second day back in her 5th grade class after a boring winter break.

She had begged her parents to let her visit her best friend Gilda Flores.  “Please, please, please,” Vanessa pleaded. “We’ll wear masks the whole time.”  

But her mother told her, “Sorry, sweetie.  COVID is spreading like wildfire.  You can’t visit Gilda yet.  But you can play in the backyard or living room with Jordan.”

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