Lily Pickles, 14, hugs her mom, Alex, whose doctor diagnosed her with 12 to 18 months to live with cancer. Every night before going to bed, Lily must say, “Good night, lots of love, see you tomorrow.” Otherwise, she can’t fall asleep for fear of not seeing Alex alive the next day.
Leif Sondeen, 6, hangs out next to a blocked car road after Tropical Storm Isaias hit his neighborhood in West Hartford. Leif also rode a bike on the blocked road throughout the afternoon. "He was saying how it was exciting not to have cars," said his mom, Danielle Sondeen.
Yulisa Villegas, 10, enjoys the breeze before a thunderstorm comes. Villegas said that she’s worried about the her parents' visa status as "temporary residents." “I’m scared because I know there’s a chance that my parents can get deported,” she said. “I’m trying not to think about it that much.”
Chris Vanderpool digs into a trash can to find a way to spend time on Oct. 2, 2019 in Columbia, Missouri. Vanderpool divorced his ex-husband who physically abused him and eventually broke his arm. "I don't think I'll ever regain the person that I was before that," Vanderpool said. Dumpster diving has been his own way to deal with depression and make extra money in the past three years.
Maria, who is Catholic, holds a rosary that she keeps in her patient room. "My hope is that they are going to help me to get me dialysis outpatient," she said. She hasn't been able to go outside for more than half a year. If she goes home, she won’t be able to receive treatment at another clinic because she is an undocumented immigrant.
With her depression, this year has been especially difficult for Sierra Love. "I could tell I was really having a hard time because I used to care so much about Kpop," Love said. "But I just don't care about it as much anymore. Even something that's so simple that I used to enjoy and used to spend so much time on."
Myron Hodges Jr., 3, Moneisha Bryan, and Kayden Hodges, 4, left to right, head home after hanging out at a park in Manchester. Visiting parks is a big part of their family life, partially because they can have fun for free.
Moneisha Bryan's three sons, Kayden Hodges, 5, Aaron Hodges, 7, and Myron Hodges Jr., 4, left to right, hang out in the toilet paper section during grocery shopping. Bryan, who is a single mom, said the pandemic has taught her to accept her situation and focus on being happy. "Now I'm fine with not knowing," Bryan said. "[I'm] accepting myself and still working towards my goal... That's how I'm different after the pandemic."
Taylor Matula, 14, plays peekaboo with an ear of her pig Denna as she closes her eyes to take a nap after dinner. Taylor started raising the pig for the upcoming Livestock Show. "It taught me a lot of our responsibility," Taylor said. "Knowing that you have to care these things like crazy and knowing that you have to get up at five in the morning." She now treats Denna like a close friend, hugging and kissing it.
Capitol hill staff listen to a story of Yazmin Juárez with Juárez and her daughter Mariee's photo on the screen on July 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on the treatment and detention of migrant children.
Students run between desks with a mask on during a physical education class at Roger Sherman Elementary School in Meriden. Students worked out in their classroom because the weather was cold and the gym was in use for mask breaks.
Lawmakers are viewed through a plexiglass barrier while waiting to speak on the absentee ballot measure during the special session. For the first time in the history of the Connecticut General Assembly, floor votes were cast remotely.
From left, Jaxon Holm, 4, Lane Coldewey, 4, Kylie Torres, 6, and Ellasyn Stumfoll, 6, recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the grand opening ceremony of the Victoria Livestock Show. The show is intended to provide an opportunity for the youth to develop agricultural knowledge and leadership skills. It is the largest event held in Victoria and surrounding counties in Texas each year with over 12,000 visitors annually.
Allison Greene, 6, calls the church's signature turkey named Thanksgiving while her parents and brother listen to the Facebook live-streaming Easter service on their truck.