“Something in the Air”: Vincennes woman creates short story for children worried about coronavirus


VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Dedra Lewis created the short story, “Something in the Air,” to help answer children’s questions and concerns about the coronavirus.

Lewis, Children’s Director at First Baptist Church, said she decided to write the story after being approached by children about the coronavirus pandemic.

“They were worried about could they get it themselves. They were worried about touching others. They were worried about their favorite restaurants being closed,” she said. “They were worried about school most importantly, I think. Not that all of them love school that much, but I think they were really going to miss their teachers and their friends.”

She said she wanted to help give children a clearer understanding about the virus outbreak and why their everyday lives are no longer the same.

“I think it’s important mentally for kids because so often their opinions go unnoticed and unheard. And it’s very important for we as adults to support them,” Lewis said.

The children’s director believes it was important for her to let the children know she heard their voice.

“And to let them know that having questions and concerns of their own is important. It’s good to talk about those things and not to just internalize them,” she said.

She said she hopes the story posted to Facebook will continue to help parents navigate their children through such an unprecedented time.

“It’s been a lot of fun seeing everyone’s reaction on Facebook. I’ve have parents and teachers and kids themselves reach out to me and just say that the book has been helpful to them.”

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