Instead of visiting my Grandma every week, I am attempting to teach her how to use zoom over the phone so she can see my family and me. During these unprecedented times, my Grandma has made it very clear to my family and me that she misses us very dearly and that she wants to see us. However, due to her safety, it is not likely that we will all be able to see each other in person anytime soon. I decided to take it upon myself to create a zoom meeting for my immediate family, so my Grandma will be able to see everyone’s faces.
My Grandma and I have been talking almost every day. It makes me sad to say that this is the most we’ve talked on the phone in a long time. I am not the type of person to enjoy phone calls, and she lives twenty minutes away. I would rather go see her in person then sit over the phone having a discussion. I know I should do better about calling my family in general, but it is still a work in progress. Since I’m in high school now, I have become very busy. It just makes it harder to find the time to sit down and communicate with others. My mom often jokes that I don’t really need a phone because I don’t like calling people. She’s not wrong.
I have another Grandma that lives in Alabama. I try to call her, but again I am not the best person at contacting people over the phone. It’s not like I don’t want to either, I just always forget. However, contacting my grandmothers should be a priority of mine. I don’t know how much longer I will have with either of them. Just thinking about losing one of them makes me scared. Quarantine has really helped me have a different outlook on life. I know that I have taken for granted the opportunities to communicate and interact with others.
I am really missing everyone in school at this moment. I took for granted being around people my age when I was there. My dad makes fun of me a lot because I used to complain when I came home from school. I wanted the school year to end quickly because frankly, I was over it. However, now, I am really upset that my sophomore year got cut short. I can not compare how I feel to the seniors. I can’t imagine how they must feel about having their year cut short. Personally, I would feel terrible. It is a really sucky way to end your high school experience.
Honestly, this quarantine gives the rest of us a chance to restart. Here’s what I mean by that: we usually take for granted some of the opportunities that are given to us. I know that most of my friends were complaining every day just like me. Now they are complaining even more because they would rather be in school and see the people they don’t get to see or talk to. I feel like we’d all rather be in school with the people we don’t like. By restarting, we can all choose to look at the positives about being in school with our peers rather than the negatives. Personally, I am going to choose the restart option. I just hope that the classes of ‘21, ‘22 and ‘23 will do the same because we all know now what it feels like to have our year cut short.