I’ve lost count of how many days I’ve been quarantined in my home with little to no fresh air. The perfect spring weather mocks me with its beauty. My siblings are driving me insane. I find no comfort in the never-ending school work. My only solace is ink bled onto paper, reminding me when worlds fall apart, there is a happy ending.
Perspective is very important in a time like this, I think.
Here sitting at home I can do what I want, quick as a wink.
I can sing or dance or read or prance,
I can watch TV or give knitting a chance.
Yes, I am very comfy here at my house, doing what I want.
You forget all too soon what is happening on the front.
People are dying, left and right.
Doctors and nurses are working day and night.
They nurse and they clean and give medicine too.
They hardly have time to use the loo.
They put themselves in harm's way
Maybe just so they can say,
“I believe in a brighter future, do you?”
So let's all have a nice plate of perspective stew.
Take a step back,
And open our minds, just a crack
I need to be more appreciative. There are so many people out there who are sick and dying. And there are so many people helping the sick and dying, but I sit here now, on my bed, typing. I know that I am blessed to be healthy and at home, only needing to worry about homework and what I’ll have for dinner tonight. I feel terrible knowing that I am so blessed to have my family healthy and at home, when someone I know is praying that their relative makes it out alive. I’m blessed, and I take it for granted. 25 cases and one death in my area. Please stay home.
Dear Quarantine Diary,
In the beginning, I was impartial to social distancing. I was more than ready to try eschool, and I quickly found it more favorable than regular school. We’re now on our third week of quarantine. I cannot wait for the pandemic to be over. Starting today, I am unable to leave my house unless it is to go to a grocery store or pharmacy, when before I was able to go to my mom’s empty work building and complete school work there. I was able to freely go on walks, but now I am unsure if that is an option. If I want to talk to more than one of my friends at the same time, I have to set up a zoom meeting. Although work is cancelled and I often find myself missing it, I am spending more time at home. Every night, my family watches movies while we eat dinner. My family plays a lot of ping pong and traditional Korean jacks, or gonggi. My cousin and I Snapchat each other a lot. I’m finally able to spend time learning a language other than Spanish. The youth minister at my parish and his wife have to give up two cats because they are not cooperating well with their new twins and baby on the way. My family is taking in the cats, so that they can still come visit them and we can have two new animals to play with during this time. We’ve talked about getting another kitten for almost a year, and we are finally able to do so because of quarantine. I finally bought Animal Crossing: New Horizons on our switch, and my villager is having the time of her life in her town, “HOPEWORLD”. Quarantine isn’t the best, but we’re learning how to adapt and make do with the situation at hand. I can only hope that every other family is as lucky as ours and that the virus quickly stops. My mom used to be a nurse, so it is crazy to think that she could have been working in hospitals during this time. I hope everyone is safe. Warm wishes to all.
So… I’ve been in quarantine quite awhile now. There’s not a whole lot to do
besides drawing, eating, and listening to music, but I can deal with that. I am still able to play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends! ...over a zoom call of course. Okay so, this setup isn’t ideal, but it’s fine! ...hopefully… Okay listen, a person can only live off of hot chocolate, microwave burritos, and the gummy bear song for so long.
I got to take a nice walk through the woods today. It was relaxing. Everything from the wind rustling the leaves above me, to the crunching of twigs beneath my feet helped keep me grounded. It was freeing. I haven’t left my house (besides going outside for walks of course) since school let out just a month ago. Time trudges on, each day slowly ticking by, filled with puzzles, music, and reading. FaceTime calls and surprise visits from my best friends help keep me busy during spring break. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I miss school. A lot. I just hope this virus stops soon.
Journal #7 (poetry!)
I get why things are shut down
But I need to get out of my town
It is getting super boring
My dad and sister keep snoring
I’m learning about my personality
But I’m also losing my sanity
Competition is now out of my life
This makes me full of strife
There is nothing fun to do
I wish people would feel this too
No one plays with me
Because playing for fun is not my cup of tea
I want to see my friends
I hope this thing quickly ends
Hopefully people are hanging in there
And giving themselves plenty of care