Tara is a First Year at Roseville High School and is a peer minister at Saint Joan of Arc.
In this very odd time where you are quarantined with your family it can be very hard not to go insane. But my family have found ways to still have a “fun” time, and I know every family is different. Mine is easier than most. My family that I live with is just my mom and my 2 cats, so me and my mom just have to not kill each other and trust me it is harder than it sounds.
One new way that has helped my family not go insane is playing chess. Recently I got a Lord of the Rings chess set for Easter (I have been looking forward to getting it for a long time), and I was very excited to teach my mom chess. I have known how to play chess for a long time but I never had anyone to play against and I never had a chess board -- which if you have never played chess before the board is a very vital piece to the game.
I taught my mom how to play. She gets frustrated not because that she loses but because chess is a mindset and it takes practice to get into that mindset. We have not played that many games, mainly because she quits after one game and I quote this directly from my mother “my head hurts”. But we still have lots of fun.
Another thing that my family does for fun is taking little drives to the wonderful worlds of the drive thru. We usually end up going outside around lunch time every 1-2 ish days and we end up going to fast food and it is fun (keep in mind I have not seen many of my friends so my bar of fun has lowered by a lot). The car is a magical place to tell stories or talk about memories and it is just so fun when you go on a spontaneous road trip with your family. Not too far away but just 20 or 30 minutes and you can just look at wildlife and it is so much fun.
We also put up our porch swing this past week and we love sitting on it and watching the wildlife together. I think there are some very clear good and bad parts to this quarantine but I really like spending it with my mom and finding fun ways to keep us entertained.
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