Tristan’s World: COVID crisis through the eyes of a child

Published 5:26 am Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Five-year-old Tristan Hampton got his DNA from his teacher and from kids. That’s according to Tristan.  So, perhaps, that accounts for his wit and wisdom.

Tristan has a quick smile that can just as quickly be transformed into a furrowed brow.

In almost that same instant, Tristan can be a little kid consumed by a video game and a brainy boy rattling off the name of the planets, all in a row.

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Tristan is one of many five-year-olds who are anxiously awaiting the day school bell tolls for them.

“I can’t go to kindergarten because of the virus,” he said. “It’s not safe. It’s dangerous. It will make you bad sick. So, you have to wear a mask.”

Tristan said the virus is a germ that gets on everything and waiting to make you sick.

“You have to have binoculars to see it,” he said. “A virus looks like a spider and it flies around in the atmosphere and gets on things and on you. When it does, you say, ‘Oh, my goodness, I touched a virus.’”

Tristan wants to be an astronaut when he grows up.  If he goes to the moon, he will be safe from the virus “because there’s no gravity on the moon so the virus has to stay on the Earth.”

Dorsey Fayson, Tristan’s mom, said he, like so many kids, is puzzled by all the precautions that have to be taken due to COVID-19.

“Tristan is especially concerned about social distancing,” his mom said. “He said social distancing doesn’t feel like we can be together like a family.”

Tristan often expresses concern far beyond his years. He wants Life Alert for his mom because she’s old and she might fall and get hurt. However, Fayson laughs that telling her age might also be hurtful.

For Tristan, the world is a wonderfully exciting place just waiting to be explored.

He is certain there’s not a man on the moon and that the moon is not made of cheese.  He knows for sure that the moon is made up of rocks and craters. He acknowledges Super Heroes but is iffy in his belief in aliens that are made of 180 sticks and those with four eyes.

But, he knows for sure that he wants to explore the sun and the stars and then come home and tell his mom all about his wonderful adventures.

“And, did you know that the sun is a star and that ……?”

Tristan Hampton is one of thousands of little boys and girls who are anxiously awaiting the adventures before them at that magical place called school.

Fayson said she is taking the opportunity of having her son “safer at home” and having this special time with him. She is recording his words of wit and wisdom in a keepsake book yet to be titled but to be treasured for a lifetime.