MEET DIANA PIEDRA & MIA BOSEO
NAPERVILLE–What began as a “Shelter in Place” past-time has turned into something bigger given the civil unrest of today. According to Kennedy Junior High student, Mia Boseo, it can begin with a simple “Hello”.
A few weeks ago, Mia and her mom, Diana Piedra had created chalk drawings and messages in the areas surrounding their Naperville home - a bright yellow sun, cheerful and colorful designs, as well as a painted Adirondack chair beautifully named “Joy” and placed at the entrance of their cul-de-sac.
They live in a subdivision connected by miles and miles of trails that are frequented daily by individuals from many walks of life.
On outings with her mom, Mia noticed that people seemed to be looking down more and that it was almost like “we have a new armor on with our face masks,” she said. “We felt if we made an area that felt joyful, perhaps more people would be encouraged to truly see and acknowledge one another.”
Mia and her mom hope to encourage others by initiating their own concerted effort to extend everyday social graces not only in their subdivision, but beyond.