By Sabine, age 11
My experiences the past two years, known as the pandemic was, like a colossal wave of “askhbskHZbskj.” Yes, you read right. It was that flurry of chaotic words typed when people want to describe the indescribable. Full of confusion, frustration, anger, hard-earned happiness, bliss, and love.
Life during a pandemic was too crazy, too chaotic. An emotional rollercoaster; every second came with a new feeling. For students, classes entailed trackpads clicking, keys tapping, messages flooding the Zoom chat, and rivers of jokes, comments, and greetings, all reaching out to make you feel at home.The chaos came from loneliness– hurried good-byes to moving friends and sick loved ones, classes full of empty profile pictures, muted microphones hiding outbursts, and background conversations with family members. Happiness was limited when you couldn’t see the people that used to make you smile.
But then burst in all the joy. Birthdays passed, a cousin was born, holidays were celebrated, friends were met (IN PERSON!), Christmas was unwrapped, and days were filled with bliss. I know we’ll all see each other again to mute the sadness one day. Until then, we attend class and stare at screens for hours on end, patiently waiting.