Feeling Grateful Despite Unexpected Changes


Courtesy of Melissa Hamrock and Maggie Flynn

Maggie Flynn, shown in picture, shares her feelings of gratitude despite these trying times.

Maggie Flynn, South Elementary School Contributing Writer

Well this has been a very big change! I went from attending South School every day to being home-schooled, and just having one-hour daily Zoom check-ins with my class. This whole experience has been just bizarre. As a fifth grader, I am starting Middle School in the fall, and yet, I might not be. When I really think about it though, I am very fortunate. My family is safe and healthy, we have a comfortable house with a big backyard, and plenty of food and entertainment. Just this week, I had a virtual dinner party with my friends over FaceTime. It was so great to see their faces! I have all of these things, but, why do I sometimes feel so alone? 

I am worried I may not go to summer camp this summer with my sister and cousins. I can’t wait until they find a vaccine for Covid-19 so that I can go back to my normal routine. I am sad that I am not going to have a fifth grade graduation this year. I was really looking forward to the end-of-the year parties with my friends. Thank God for my siblings — without them, I don’t think that I would have made it during this quarantine. They’re always fun to play with especially when we go on our trampoline. I jump so high when they double bounce me! 

Although it has been a bit challenging for our family, our dogs are loving it! They love the attention that they are getting, with long walks every day and a lot of treats. While I have been playing outside with my dogs, I’ve been keeping up my soccer skills with my sister. I have Zoom soccer practice three days a week and it is so good to see my teammates. I have been able to practice a lot of soccer during this quarantine, which keeps me busy, and helps distract me from my worries. 

I am very grateful that all of the essential workers are still going to work every day and trying to defeat this virus. I believe that if we stay home and wear masks, this virus will be behind us. We can get through this together!