Maybe this picture is already familiar to you. I shared it at the beginning of this year. It’s the creation of my 10 year old nephew Rique Ray who lives in Guam, capturing his experience of what life during Covid has been like for him as a child. When I first saw it, I was immediately intrigued by the way the boxes kept getting smaller and smaller till color began to squirt out of the characters. The characters’ true colors?? It made me want to find out more about Rique Ray’s perspective on the last 16 months, and led me to reflect on what the experience of children in general has been.
I know as a writer, I’m happy whenever something I’ve written makes it into print. But I will say that I am particularly attached to this short essay on Rique Ray’s drawing that was just released in Health Progress’ summer issue on family life during the pandemic. It might be my favorite thing I’ve written this year. I hope that you will enjoy it as well. May your week be filled with rainbow memories.