Staying Home During Corona: Diary of a Three Year Old

By Piyushi Dhir

Hello from my home to yours!

At least, I hope you are not being naughty and wandering around – stay home and stay safe.

But honestly, this staying at home is getting a little too much. It started out as fun because I didn’t have to rush to eat breakfast and get dressed for school in the morning. I could wallow in my toys as much as I wanted. I got lots of fun time with Mommy and Daddy.

Which is all really good. But hey, where are my friends? I don’t see my school friends any more and I miss them. I can’t go to the library or a play-place. My neighbour-best friend and I only wave at each other from the windows. When he goes out on his bike in the afternoon, I wave from the window. And when I go out for a walk with my parents in the evening, he hollers.

Staying Home During Corona

If I say, I want to go bike with him, he reminds me I have to stay in and stay safe. And when he calls out wanting to join me on my walk, I have to say through his window, “We can’t play together, Dax! There’s Corona all around us.”

My grandparents were supposed to visit us soon for my birthday- now Mom says even aeroplanes aren’t flying around like before.
I told my Mum this evening that this whole Corona thing was making me sad. No one can come to my home and I can’t go play with anyone.

Missing Friends During Corona

But enough of feeling sad. There is enough sadness going around already. There are things we can’t do, but there are so many we still can!

So here’s what’s good in my life these days:

  1. Mom has been coming up with some very creative activities to keep me busy. I don’t think she bothered much before because she thought my teachers would be doing their job, but now I see her doing all these crafts and cutting and pasting so that she can tell herself she is ‘teaching’ me 😀


  1. My school teacher said e-Hi to all of us and has asked us to send in a video of ourselves doing something fun. Next week, she will start posting these videos on our group, so I get to see my friends again!


  1. I went for a walk with Mom and Dad today and we managed to get into a trail through a jungle. I hiked up a hill, crossed a bridge and even crossed a creek, walking over stones to keep from getting wet. It was super fun.


If you are also feeling sad, try this. Every night before I sleep, Mom asks me to tell her about three things that made me happy that day.

What made you happy today?


About the Author

Piyushi Dhir is the author of 'In Search of Love', 'I'm Yours, The Next Time', 'Silent Promises' and 'Enmeshed Evermore'. She is a contributor in 'Nineteen Tales of COVID-19', a collection of short stories. A voracious reader, a keen traveler, a businesswoman and a mom, Piyushi currently resides in Canada. A nomad at heart, she loves to discover new places and capture the hues of life with her pen.