We asked TIME for Kids readers to tell us what they’re doing, thinking, and feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some kids say they’re sad or worried, many of the messages we receive are filled with hope. Read some of them below.
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I am positive that with everyone working so hard, we will defeat this virus and things will return to normal eventually. Until then, we have to continue to be patient and thankful that we still have each other to get through this together! —Maya M., age 8, from Rochester Hills, Michigan
I wasn’t allowed to visit my little sister at the hospital when she was born. Now that she’s home, I’m actually kind of enjoying my time here, because I get to see the silly things my new sister does! —Hailey C., age 11, from Chesapeake, Virginia
I am bored. I can still go outside for now, but I wish I could go play with my friends. I miss being at school in person. It is much harder to do stuff on the computer. —Aiden H., age 9, from Rutherford, New Jersey
I spend time with my family, play games, and focus on my online learning. I think everyone should take this seriously and pray that this pandemic will be over soon. —Harman S., age 9, from Mishawaka, Indiana
I know we’ve been out of school for a while now and there’s still a long way to go. But I don’t think the coronavirus is going to stay forever. Scientists and experts are going to find a cure. —Alicia T., age 9, from Mukilteo, Washington
Responses have been edited for length and clarity.