Take the Mic: How smashing a piñata became a joyful memory for one Tacoma family | KNKX

Take the Mic: How smashing a piñata became a joyful memory for one Tacoma family

May 4, 2020

“My happiest quarantine memory is beating the crap out of a piñata.”

That vivid opening line comes from Barrett Stowe, a 16-year-old sophomore at Tacoma School of the Arts. He contributed a story about his moment of joy amid the pandemic for KNKX’s Take the Mic youth voices project.

Finding ways to stay entertained during the statewide stay-at-home order has been a challenge for everyone. There are only so many hours you can pass watching movies or doing jigsaw puzzles.

The Stowe family found a unique way to break up the monotony and get out their frustrations. They stuffed a dinosaur piñata with candy and took turns whacking it with a piece of PVC pipe.

“I wasn’t the one who ended up breaking open the piñata,” Barrett said. “That honor goes to my mom, who hit it so hard that it flew into our ceiling and kind of cracked open.”

Listen to the audio above to hear his full story.

We’d like to hear from more teens and kids about their lives during the coronavirus pandemic — hard times, joyful times and everything in between. For more information on how to submit a story, click here.