Picture taken by Sophia T.
San Jose Public Library is pleased to announce the winning blog submission from the 2020 Young Authors Book Festival. This year, young authors learned about power in writing through several virtual writing workshops. SJPL led a “Blogging for Kids” workshop in which all participants were encouraged to submit a blog entry illustrating: A Day in the Life of a Kid Sheltering in Place. The following submission was selected by a panel made up of Young Authors Book Festival event organizers and SJPL staff.
A Day in the Life of a Kid Sheltering in Place - 2020
Written by Sophia Tran
As we all shelter-in-place, I would like to share one day in my life as a quarantined child. 5/21/2020
The Morning: 8 am
I start my mornings with some yoga in my backyard. It’s always so relaxing to ease my body and relax my muscles. After thirty minutes, I come back in for my breakfast: a bowl of vanilla yogurt, freshly cut bananas, and a cup of orange juice. Just one great way to keep one’s body healthy and energized😀. Then, I zoom my eighth grade class and teacher for her instructions on the day’s assignment. It’s a small entertainment to see my friends again, even if it’s through zoom. It’s actually kind of funny to see the half asleep faces of my classmates.
Homework: 10 am to 12 pm
I have found my homework load to have reduced immensely. Videos make up for a lesson. How I miss books and teachers. Good news though is that my ELA teacher sends short stories as part of our assignments. I can’t wait till the library opens again…
Looking at this painting, I’m reminded of my library. Good thing I have my short stories to read!
Lunch and Fun: 12 pm to 3 pm
For today’s lunch, we would be enjoying “Phở”, a famous Vietnamese beef noodle dish. Bon appetite! After eating our lunch, my brother and I zoom his teacher as she teaches us to bake apple dumplings. Though ours were more like “blobs’ than dumplings, the deliciousness was ceaseless!
The Games: 3 to 6 pm
After baking our apple dumplings, my brother and I play some board games. Two games I especially enjoy are chess and lip-syncing 80’s music (we even wore costumes). During one lip-sync game, mom said we looked like some Men in Black spies with our black jackets. No doubt about that.
© Song “Take on Me”. Artists: a-ha. Song writers: Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy. Released in 1984.
The Evening: 6 to 7 pm
For dinner, we enjoy our bowls of pho; I can never get bored of that smell. Afterwards, we go outside to exercise and stretch. My dog, Winn-Dixie, is so excited as he walks with us! My brother and I usually inline skate outside, taking this as a chance to practice our skills.
Movie Night: 7 to 10 pm
My family bathes, brushes our teeth, and completes our before-bed routines. After that, we all huddle together on a couch to watch a movie. Some nights, we watch horror movies, other times comedy. After the movie is done, we all go back to our beds for sleep. Just before I fall asleep, I pray that God will heal us all as we go through these hardships. I hope he is listening…