July 16, 2020
Hi! I’m Grace! My Grandmother tasked me with writing an article about my experience with COVID-19 as a fifteen-year-old high school student. Although the last few months have been a rocky road for me, I learned a lot along the way. Here’s my story about how I got through, and am currently getting through, the novel coronavirus:
It was a rainy “Friday the Thirteenth” when my life did a somersault. I was in my second period, American Sign Language class when I heard the news. School was to be canceled for the next two weeks due to COVID-19. I heard about the virus on the radio but never gave it a second thought. I assumed it was just another thing that the media hyped up. Apparently I was very, very wrong. I was shocked. How could I, a 15-year-old girl, last TWO WHOLE WEEKS without church, friends, or youth group?! My close friends were crying hysterically. We didn’t know what to do. All we knew is that everything was canceled and that this “virus”, whatever it was, is a HUGE deal.
After that crazy last day of school, I went home and researched the coronavirus. I learned about wearing masks, social distancing, and QUARANTINE?! Now I would be locked in my home for two weeks! How was I gonna live? Those two weeks were tough for me because I missed my friends, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and most of all, I missed going to church. I was there almost daily when life was normal, but now it was closed and I was never there. It was challenging, but through lots of overdramatic tears and a thousand boring hikes, I got through it. I counted down the days until everything could return to normal. Two days before we were to return to school, I got an email. It read something along the lines of, “School is postponed until further notice. Virtual schooling will start this upcoming week.” No. No. No. No Nooooooo!!!! This was only supposed to last two weeks! How could I last another minute in quarantine? I was sick of hiking and I missed my old life way too much, but what else was there to do?
The next few weeks were very stressful for me. Virtual school was extremely hard and tiring. My teachers gave tons of complicated assignments with very strict due dates, making me feel overwhelmed and almost zombie-like. My dad suggested reading as a remedy for my on-going stress. I started by reading my grandma’s book, You Can Only Go Forward. It was an escape for me. When school got too much, I could take a few minutes to read and feel calmed. The book helped me learn more about my grandparents and the substantial struggle they both went through as my grandpa fought cancer. I was now hooked on reading. I read about 6 other books in the next month and still continue to read constantly. Soon, virtual school ended and I was free! My family could finally go on two trips that we’ve been wanting to take for months. (One to Nevada to visit a friend, and one to a tiny house in San Diego just for the heck of it.) Both trips were a blast and helped me feel as if everything was ok again.
Now we’re here, 5 months later, in the present. I have actually been enjoying quarantine lately. It has been very peaceful, and I think I kinda like it. I have started a project that has been keeping me busy for quite some time now. My goal is to crochet 250 clothing items for St. Bonaventure Indian Mission in New Mexico. I am currently working on this project with a woman from my church who we have been seeing the entirety of COVID. It is super nice to sit and crochet while listening to an audiobook, for hours straight. Also, this weekend I am going to a Catholic family camp for the second time this summer. I had so much fun volunteering last time and can’t wait to do it again! Since churches reopened about a month ago and closed again two days ago, this will be the last time I will receive holy communion in maybe a VERY long time. I am forever grateful that I have this incredible opportunity. I can’t wait!!!
Well, that’s my story folks! I hope you enjoyed my account on the current pandemic. It has been a blast to write! I know it was tough for all of us in many different ways, but we all got through it somehow. I was told the other day that school may not resume in August, but honestly, I am happy at home now. I think the one thing that the Coronavirus has taught me and my siblings is to be happy in every situation. My siblings can now play for hours in one spot with no arguments. UNHEARD OF! Anyway, thank you so much for reading my story! Hopefully, you could learn something from it, I don’t know what, but maybe you did 🤷. Now I have to go and crochet a beanie! Bye-bye!