Summer Writing Contest: Creating Your Way Through The Pandemic
Congratulations to our Winning Entries: Savannah Brown, Bailey Stanley and Destiny Johnson!
by Savannah Brown
I will remember the pandemic as THE pandemic.
I will remember the pandemic as three months lockdown.
I will remember the pandemic as not being able to sneeze in public.
I will remember the pandemic as online school.
I will remember the pandemic as a summer without sleepovers.
I will remember the pandemic as Zoom calls.
I will remember the pandemic as protective styles.
I will remember the pandemic as a ruined sleep schedule.
I will remember the pandemic as YouTube church.
I will remember the pandemic as a time of realization.
I will remember the pandemic as half the year home alone.
I will remember the pandemic as necessary for restoration.
I will remember the pandemic as banana bread and aesthetics.
I will remember the pandemic as a global display of hatred.
I will remember the pandemic as protests and riots.
I will remember the pandemic as seeing who was brave.
I will remember the pandemic as also seeing who Lysol’d their children.
I will remember the pandemic as… strange.
I will remember the pandemic as Divine intervention.
I will remember the pandemic as a wasted second chance.
I will remember the pandemic as only going to the grocery store.
I will remember the pandemic as the beginning of the end.
by Bailey Stanley
The year was 2020.
A time when Chaos was plenty.
Trump was President.
The struggle was evident.
The Corona Virus Pandemic came along.
Everything starts to go wrong.
No education by pros.
Virtual home school,
The computer was our only tool.
Home is where we had to stay.
No where to go, makes for a long day.
Toilet tissue was in high demand.
This was not the Spring we had planned.
We moved on to the next grade,
but lost out on the vacations that were already paid.
Summer came and boy was it hot.
Pools were closed and we missed them a lot.
Our Church even changed.
Now that was strange.
Our weekly sermon was on facebook,
No communion or1 hymnbook.
People everywhere were dying.
This pandemic had everyone crying.
People were losing their breath
And scared they would soon see death.
Months flew past,
How long could this last?
Slowly, things appeared to get better.
Students were anticipating their back to school letter.
Stores were opening pretty fast,
But you had to be sure to wear your mask.
Who knows how long this virus will last.
I know I will be glad when it is past.
All we can do is pray,
that tomorrow will be a brighter day.
by Destiny Johnson
The year 2020 will be a year that will be forever read about in history books. It was a year of panic, devastation, and isolation. But, it is also a year of change, justice, and realization. Covid-19 will be remembered for both positive and negative effects on the world and how it changed it for better or worse.
In March, Covid-19 cases spiked, and it was spreading rapidly. The schools would close and people would lose their jobs. Businesses would shut down due to the lack of resources to stay open. Nevertheless, people strove to keep working from home. People had to find a new way of communicating, which led to the popularity of Zoom.
In February of 2020, the global stock market just crashed. Wall Street had experienced its most significant percentage drop since Black Monday of 1987. This meant this was the greatest time to invest in stocks. When the Covid-19 pandemic was hitting its hardest, people started using Zoom to communicate with their colleagues and students. Zoom’s stocks increased in value exponentially; it increased more than 100% in value! Aside from this, entertainment was limited, as there wasn’t anywhere to go or anything to do. This means people had to focus on the news.
On May 25, 2020, George Perry Floyd, a black man, was killed wrongfully by a white police officer. After someone posted a video of it happening, as it wasn’t caught on surveillance, people across the world were enraged. Riots, protests, and lootings broke out across the country. We wouldn’t stop until we got justice; we won’t stop until black lives matter. Now, it isn’t just about George Floyd. It’s about Breonna Taylor, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Kathryn Johnston, and the hundreds of other black citizens killed every year wrongfully by police.
Covid-19 made this all possible, as there is no way to ignore it this time. We have to do something about it now. Covid-19 is really a beautiful thing underneath its saddening and lonely surface. It has brought so much positive change to the world, and while it might be hard to adapt, we have to be thankful that it’s here and accept that the world is changing for the better. Remember Covid-19