I realize how dangerous the situation was at the end of January, when the Lunar New Year family vacation to Chongqing in central China was canceled. Kevin was looking forward to playing the violin out loud every day. Instead, he stayed home, watched the news reports about the virus, and became nervous.
Kevin said the nerves passed quickly. His mother, who works at a hospital in Chengdu in her supply department, told him, as long as everyone was careful, that they would not be infected with the virus.
Two weeks after the boot camp with Mrs. Creston, he was feeling a lot better, but yearning for him. He is able to go to his apartment yard to play basketball, but he misses swimming, playing water polo and table games with friends.
“I feel bored!” He said as he jumped from one foot to the next as if it was full of energy to burn it.
Although he was “still very concerned about Wuhan,” Kevin said he was not very concerned about his city. He doesn’t even worry about his mom, who recently spent a lot of shopping for hospital masks and protective clothing. He jokingly said: “We are often joking and she is the most dangerous person in our house and we have to keep him in the bathroom.”
He said that Kevin’s improved mood has a lot to do with the daily lessons of violin with Mrs. Creston. The two not only share videos back and forth, but also share emoji violin messages.
Kevin now practices four hours every day, saying that his style has improved and his voice has become more beautiful. Mrs. Creston said that she gave Kevin Koonlo’s party because he was passionate about points and sorrow for others. Kevin can use it to take advantage of his feelings, even those complicated with death and loss.
“The virus is terrible, but music gives us confidence to overcome it,” Kevin said.