A seven-year—old boy in my building attempts to ambush me every time I take the rubbish out. It’s hard for someone his age to spend so long away from his peers, and so he leaps out at random adults on the stairway to pass the time
—Wang Xiuying in the LRB
I think that’s a fair way to cope.
Over here, tantrums have returned, after what seems like maybe a year away. They have some basis in reason, but the reactions are outsized. We think these are the guy leaking frustration about this new isolated lifestyle.