Hello grandfather. Parents don't let me leave the house. They say that there is a virus in the street and nobody goes out because they can get sick. I can't go to school or play with my friends.
Grandpa, they take me away from you and I'm angry. It may be that I have done something wrong and they are punishing me without seeing you. I feel like I'm failing you.
Last night I heard Mom tell a friend on the phone that she was feeling overwhelmed and sad about what is coming, because of me ... She said that her boss will probably fire her from her. Dad keeps working delivering food to the supermarket. He wears a mask.
It hurts mom that you're alone. Yesterday they forbade him to see you. She assures that you are strong and you will be well taken care of.
Grandpa, we can't hug you and caress your face. You liked it, you smiled when you saw me and felt me. I liked teaching you the homework I do at school and telling you jokes.
I trust people who are looking for a vaccine. Doctors and nurses help and heal us. This is like a test, like a Play game. You have to go through different phases until you win the game.
Now I feel a bit like you, grandfather, closed in on myself and between four walls. We cannot do what we want. We want to flee with force, although it is not the right thing to do and they hold us back. I only think about the moment to meet again and hug you and kiss you again. That does cure any grief. Wait for me, okay? I'm not forgetting you ”.
We must keep the elderly very present
The essential rule is: stay home and calm down. “We must prevent the measures from harming children and when the physical distance cannot be broken, it is important to speak in present terms. When we see our loved ones again, we will hug them tightly. With this, our minors will feel safer, ”says Maite Díaz Alonso, a school counselor in Vigo. The children are with their parents, while the grandparents cannot enter the doors of their house. We must support the elderly population, listen and give importance to the psychological state of our minors, doing our part so that this stage passes positively.
It is convenient to look for other methods to communicate. “You have to introduce absent people into conversations, review photos where they appear and facilitate calls, video calls and messages between them. It is worth more that they know how they are than any reasoning ”,