STORY: The Clarkston, Michigan home of my uncle, Brad Antaya, 47, has been a transitory place for me the past 4 years. My mother relocated to California in 2016 and I moved my belongings to Brad’s. In between my time spent studying at university and working internships, I have stayed with my uncle for no more than a few weeks at a time. The COVID-19 pandemic changed this on March 12, 2020 when my home university required me to return as soon as possible to the U.S. from studying abroad in Denmark. Since March 16, 2020, I have been staying with Brad. While I have gotten past mourning the loss of my time abroad, I am now beginning to fully appreciate developing my relationship with my uncle during this unprecedented time.

Caption: The house and pole barn that my uncle, Brad Antaya, works as a mechanic in is pictured in Clarkston, Michigan.