Yingyee Xiong writes that when she was a child, the cold Wisconsin winters made her wish for somewhere warm, but as she her love and appreciation for the Badger State grew with age.

Now, she is wishing for Wisconsinites to unify behind staying at home so that everyone can get back to enjoying the state when it is safe to do so.

“When I was younger, I wished I lived in California or somewhere warm but as I grew older, I realized that I’m glad I live in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a state that has stemmed into my blood and bone now.

For my generation and for the children that live in Wisconsin, I only wish for them to be able to live in this state with leisure; therefore, we should always pay attention to what health officials are telling us to do in order to keep our community safe.

Please do your part to keep yourself and everyone else healthy. Stay inside, save lives.”