Berwickshire lad's drawing shows how our kids are coping

While adults struggle to get our own heads round not being able to do a variety of things due to lockdown restrictions, the plight of our children can’t be forgotten.

By Kevin Janiak
Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 4:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 4:41 pm
Daniel's powerful drawing, which shows his feelings due to lockdown, tells a thousand words.
Daniel's powerful drawing, which shows his feelings due to lockdown, tells a thousand words.

While many children outwardly appear to be handling things just fine, it can’t be stressed enough that Covid-19 is definitely affecting them, too.

If that’s in any doubt, take a look at the above drawing, crafted by a young lad in Coldstream who was asked to relay his feelings.

Kerri Louise Lauder, who lives in Coldstream with sons Daniel, who is 13, and Parker, who is three, is keen to share Daniel’s picture far and wide to show how our kids may not be as happy with the current situation as we may think.

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Daniel, with his his dogs Rocky and Tia.

She said: “For a lot of people, lockdown has had an even bigger impact on mental health this time round as we thought this would all be over with by now and back to normal life, but sadly it was just not to be.

“I feel Daniel’s picture speaks volumes, and after sharing the picture on Facebook, so many people told me to make it go viral as this is how a lot of kids, as well as adults, are feeling right now … alone.

“Its such a shame for our future generation that this is their lives at the moment.

"Yes they can speak to friends online, but it’s not the same.

"As a parent you can only do so much, and at the end of the day, they need their friends.”

Kerri added: “I understand completely why lockdown had to happen again and I appreciate that, but a lot of the kids don't understand, especially my three-year-old, and it's very difficult to explain why he isn't going to nursery and seeing his friends and being stuck in the house a lot of the time.”

Daniel told us: “The drawing is based on what a lot of the kids including me, are doing at the moment … thinking about what it could be like if Covid wasn't here.

"We'd be able to hang out with friends and have our normal daily routine and because of Covid we can't do that and it makes us feel really sad and lonely.

"I can't see my friends who live in other towns.”

Daniel added: “I am happy at home, but I know a lot of kids aren't and because of Covid they can't get away from it.

"It's really sad actually.”