As part of OPB’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, reporters and photographers are capturing “Postcards from the Pandemic” to document the lived experience of people in the Northwest during this historic and unusual time. 

From left to right, Sylvie, Penelope and Olive, pose for a portrait after their postcard interview on March 20, 2020. 

From left to right, Sylvie, Penelope and Olive, pose for a portrait after their postcard interview on March 20, 2020. 

Courtesy of Regina Stout 

Without access to school buildings, classrooms or playgrounds, kids and parents face long days at home with no end in sight. We asked some young Oregonians how they’re coping.

Many missed seeing teachers and friends in real life, others were pleased to escape math class and refocus on family time. Nine-year-old Penelope from Bend has stayed busy with science projects, or hanging with two sisters. She puts it out of her mind when their mom leaves for work as an emergency room nurse. 


OPB’s Emily Cureton interviewed the children in this piece, while parents recorded them at home. Original music was written and performed by Bend-based composers Grace Miedziak and Chris Thomas.

Reed, 6, with brother Adam, 8, dance to pass the time in Bend while they are staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Reed, 6, with brother Adam, 8, dance to pass the time in Bend while they are staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Photo courtesy of Gabe Shapiro.

We want to hear your experience, too. People of all ages: You can send us a voice memo by email to postcards@opb.org. And be sure to include your phone number.