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Be careful what you wish for: WHS senior has her last year of school come to an end too soon

It's been a crazy time for all of us. Honestly, that's definitely an understatement.

As I write this, students are out of school until April 28th, stores and restaurants are closing or banning dining in, and many public events have been canceled or postponed. Alyson Johnston

I could go on about all of the things I'll be missing out on because of COVID-19. Much of my senior year has been canceled already – many other plans are up in the air.

I also know that every person who reads this has a list of things they're disappointed about. All of us are giving up our normal lives in the hope that we can save lives.

The phrase of the week is "social distancing" – the idea that all of us stay about six feet apart from one another to avoid the spread of disease. The reason everything is closed is so we can practice social distancing.

So why isn't everyone who can stay inside staying in and keeping safe? Students especially – every school-aged child in Oregon should be avoiding public places. This isn't summer break – we're not out of school to hang out with friends. We're out of school to protect everyone else in the community.

Another good point I've seen many talk about – although COVID-19 isn't necessarily affecting children and young adults, it doesn't mean that this population group can ignore it. Even if you don't get very sick from COVID-19, you can still transmit it to the vulnerable in our community.

In my last article, I talked about senioritis and how I was just counting down the days until graduation. Well, I got my wish – but never in a million years would I have wanted it to happen this way.

Had I known COVID-19 would wreck my senior year, I would have gladly gone to school every day. I wouldn't have even complained. Okay, that last part might have been a little too optimistic, but still, you get my point.

Honestly, this is a scary, unknown time for everyone. All of us are going through the same thing, and this is a rare opportunity we have. We can show up for each other.

Not in the literal sense – social distancing is still very much important! I mean show up for each other in terms of being there for each other.

Call that relative you haven't spoken to in a while. Send a positive message to someone who might be having a hard time with being isolated. Facetime someone you haven't talked to in a while.

Today, my mom, brother and I wanted to say hi to my grandpa. He lives in an assisted living facility, which means that he can't come outside and we can't go in to visit him. So I made a sign that said "we love you", and we drove over and taped it to his window.


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