By now, we've all heard about the downsides of COVID-19 isolation. But there are upsides, too.
One of the biggest is the opportunity to focus on a new project or learn a new skill. Coast to coast, kids and their families are putting this inside time to good use. Mastering sewing, completing their comic book saga, perfecting the ultimate banana bread... there really is so much to do and try.
We'd like to share with you one of our favourite examples of quarantine creativity that we've seen yet. It comes from a nine-year-old Toronto girl named Jolene.
Your task is...
Like many families, Jolene's parents decided that no school didn't mean no projects or assignments. They decided to give her a task that would test her creativity, as well as give her a chance to express her feelings during the quarantine.
Her parents play music, and her father is part of a duo — Benchetrit Small Music — that composes film soundtracks. According to the duo's Instagram, "Our first homeschooling project was to write a song, record it and make a music video, all while practicing social distancing."
The result is "Best Friends!", an ode to, you guessed it, best friends! And we love it!
One of the greatest things about the song and its spontaneous video is how well it shows how modern technology can help us in times like these. Want to record your own song or shoot a movie? You can do it! And throughout the video, Jolene interacts with her friends on video chat, proving that even when we can't be with each other, we can still stay in touch.
How are you being creative?
Of course, we're all looking forward to a time when things can return to normal. But until then, we're truly inspired to see kids (as well as huge theatre companies) turn these trying times into something positive and unique.
Are YOU doing projects at home with your family that you'd like to share with us? We'd love to see them! And maybe even feature them in an upcoming issue of the OWLconnected eMag! Please send video links and/or photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, enjoy "Best Friends!" below. Thanks for sharing your creativity with the world, Jolene!
(P.S. See if you can spot the magazine that Jolene is reading during her free time! ❤️🙏)