Back to Normal

By Alessia, age 11

“My dad says covid will be here in ten minutes,” my friend told me. “I’ll see you tomorrow.” “Ok,” I replied, “see you tomorrow.” “Well, now I’m just waiting for Mom or Dad to pick me up,” I thought.

When I got home, Dad told me we weren’t going to school the next day. “Why?” I asked. “We just want to be safe,” he replied.

The next few months were hard. After we heard that we couldn’t go to school for a while, we stayed at home to learn on our computers. It’s challenging to not learn in an environment you can easily (and discreetly) ask for help from the teacher. During the pandemic, I kept hoping that I would wake up to a sunny morning, and everything would be back to normal.

About 20 months in, we got great news! We were going to get a pandemic puppy!!!

About 20 months in, we got great news! We were going to get a pandemic puppy!!! When we got her, she was 8 weeks old. We named her Starbuck, after a character from the show Battlestar Gallactica.  After that, it got easier from there. Little by little, we started going back to school, having small birthday parties, things like that. It was almost back to normal! Almost.