'Something is Different': Portsmouth woman writes story for kids about coronavirus

Posted at 1:43 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 17:25:10-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A Portsmouth woman is using her love of reading and writing to help children and their families through these trying times.

"Let's begin," said Gina White with her signature sign-on.

She set out during Christmas to write a story for her grandchildren, but her husband thought she should read it out loud on the internet.

"I love children, I love telling stories," said White.

She isn't a writer by trade, but her imagination is captivating hundreds of listeners on her Facebook page "Story Time with Nana."

White writes one story a week, and then reads and posts them every Sunday.

"I had a pretty good following, but when I did the '"Something is Different' story, it just boomed," White explained.

A friend told White she was having a hard time being a working mom, now staying at home, and a makeshift teacher, and was a bit stressed about the virus and how to explain it to her children.

"I thought, 'Let me do a little story for you. You can read that story to them so they understand this is going on everywhere and this is how another family is dealing with it,'" said White.

In a time we could all use a bit of a fairy-tale ending, White hopes her renditions offer families a bit of comfort.

"Children love structure, they love routine, and they need this right now. They are good, positive stories," said White.