I am a 11-year-old from Leigh in England, my name is James I want to talk about my feelings, so this is my lockdown in my own words.
I have missed out on some things that have been to do with my health. Like, I cannot go to dentist appointments, normally I would go there because I need to see if my teeth are in good shape and that I will not get infections or a disease in my gums. I also cannot go to doctors’ appointments to see if I am OK and if I’m fit and healthy? This worries me sometimes because I only know if I am fit or healthy by my weight and how I look. This is also quite a serious thing because you do not fully know if you are healthy or not with an infection. So, I am not that OK I cannot go to appointments to see if I am healthy.
A thing I have missed is my friends because we cannot really talk face to face because we cannot go and meet up and the only way of communication is on phone or other electronics. You also can not really see your friends fully because the only way you can see their face it by a face time, WhatsApp video call or a zoom call. Plus, with the way lockdown is going I probably will not be able to see my friends for a while. I miss when I could wake up and go to school, and have a smile on my face seeing all my friends. So, missing my friends and not being able to see them it has been a real drag for me.
There is also various attractions and restaurants that I cannot go to any more because most of them are closed or it is just a takeaway. I miss going to a restaurant because although my mum’s cooking is AMAZING I just miss going there and waiting for a 2 or 3 delicious course meal. I would just love to have a scrumptious meal again. I also can not go to the cinema or even just a theme park nearby. When I used to go to the cinema, I would just like to spend time with whoever is going with me and I enjoyed eating some popcorn and watching the thrilling movie on the gigantic TV. So, without all these things it has been quite boring and slow.
My education has also been hard for me. Now, we do a thing called online school where we have live lessons and pre-recorded lessons. I like attending the live lessons because if I have a question to ask, I will just put my hand up and the teacher would answer it straight away. But in the pre-recorded lessons if you have a question you research it or message the teacher which consumes more time. Since some schools are open a lot of the teachers might not the message that you sent and if they do end up seeing your message it sometimes might be after 3 o’clock (my schools closing time.) So online education I really do not like it very much.
I have also missed quite a few holidays we were going to. When I found out that the fact, I could not go on holiday any more it probably would be one of the hardest things to face in lockdown. The reason for that is, because even if you do go somewhere abroad it will not be pleasant because a lot of things will be shut and the only thing to do would be to be in the hotel room or going on some walks. Holidays may be something that I might take for granted without even knowing it. But if I do go on holiday soon, I will treat it like a £10,000-pound trip. So, without going on holiday, it has been bad. Don’t you just love chilling out away from work, school and other things?
I have also missed out on my favourite sport, football. Before lockdown started, I did a sport called football and I would train on Wednesday and Thursday and play a match on Saturday and Sunday. I also have a lot of friends there. My position is RB which means right back and that is in the defensive area and my job is to defend and not let the other players get the ball into the net. I really miss my football because it did not just make me have fun, it even got a bit of exercise for me. I really do not like the way I am not allowed to play football. To be honest I really wish the rules would change and I would be allowed to play it.
Basically, my lockdown has not been the best and I really do not like the things I have missed. I really wish things would just go back to normal and this corona virus would just stop and go away. I also go on quite a lot of walks and this year I have even practised a bit of running. I wish everyone the best through lockdown and I really hope you stay fit and healthy. By James Sargent