France lockdown travelogue: The Room of Life

More than two centuries ago, Xavier de Maistre was placed under house arrest for 42 days - and wrote Voyage autour de ma chambre, a six-week 'voyage of discovery' around his room. Some 230 years later, we challenged our coronavirus confined readers to write their own Voyage round my Room. Here is one of the three winners...

Years ago, when my two youngest children wailed that they could no longer share the same room, my 14-year-old son happily moved into the guest room.

The move only took an hour. He only wanted his schoolbooks, his desk, computer and his clothes. His younger brother acquired not only a room, but book-filled shelves and his older sibling’s toys.

The guest room isn’t on the same floor as the other bedrooms of our small house, so our oldest now had a living space out of parental earshot; the privacy every adolescent craves.

We’d lost a guest room but gained a happy gamer. He said he didn’t care about the room’s decoration, but we changed the curtains ...

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