THE KIDS IN OUR LIVES have been doing an amazing job dealing with COVID. It’s time we gave them some recognition for a job well done.
The thing is, COVID isn’t going away anytime soon. Even if day-to-day restrictions are easing up, we’re a long way from getting back to normal. Which is all the more reason to celebrate our kids. It’s a long haul ahead, and they need to know they’re doing great.
I earned badges for sewing and for hiking. Others for baking and art. I learned to bake cookies and sew on buttons. My accomplishments weren’t great when measured by an adult’s yardstick, but as a child I did things that set me in the right direction for life.
How much more our kids have accomplished during COVID. On the drop of a hat, they took up home schooling. Along the way they mastered Zoom, something some of us are still working on. They put their social media skills into overdrive keeping in touch with friends and families.
They took to mask wearing as if it was just another fashion trend. They learned the social distancing dance, and how to hug without hugging. And how love is still there, even when physical distance keeps us apart.
Even measured by an adult yardstick, what they’ve accomplished was huge. They’ve learned things that will set them up for life.
Somewhere in my house, tucked away, I still have some of my old Brownie badges. They’re a fond memento of recognition given to me from the adults in my childhood.
There are all sorts of people doing amazing things during these COVID times. Kids, no matter what yardstick we use, are some of them. I know how important it was for me to receive recognition for mastering the skills of life. Our kids deserve the same kudos for mastering life with COVID.
It’s time we found a way to recognize how well our kids are dealing COVID. Not when COVID is over, but now, to tell them they’re doing great. It’s time for a kid’s COVID badge.
Nancy Bepple is a former City councillor of Kamloops with a strong interest in community building projects.