Eden

Covid-History Item Type Metadata

Age

14

Date

7/19/2020

Location

Clifton Park, New York

When did the impact of COVID-19 first occur to you? How did your reaction to COVID-19 change between then and the first case in your town?

My best friend's mom, who was pregnant at the time, started showing all the symptoms for coronavirus. We were worried because I had seen the friend the day before, so we decided to quarantine before it was mandatory.

How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic?

I have gotten to do more things at home including start a small business making things for people. I play my guitar more and I have more time to babysit as well. I redid my room and I have gotten peace from the fact that just because I can't see my friends for three months, doesn't mean that it's the end of the world. Also, my relationship with my sister is a lot stronger as well.

How are you feeling? What are you doing to relieve stress?

Drinking tea, crocheting quietly, listening to all my favorite songs on replay (especially the soothing, quiet songs) and reading.

What have you noticed has changed in your community since the outbreak? What has surprised you?

Our homeschool community has changed the most. There is more intimacy between families and we all realize how much we need each other just as a community in general.

Are you a business owner who has had to close? If you are still open, how have you had to adjust how your business operates?

Nope, in fact, COVID helped start my business! I sell homemade sweaters, shawls, T-shirts, tanks, dresses, skirts, etc. I had more time to do these things DUE to COVID, so it was really a bonus.

Are you an essential employee? What do you do? What precautions are being taken at your workplace? What precautions are implementing at home?

I had a bunch of really well-paying babysitting jobs right before quarantine that I was relying on. Oh well.

Do you have children at home? How’s it going?

Oof, never ask that question. The only reason my siblings don't fight every day is because we have videogames and a TV.

If you’re a student, was school canceled? Were you able to complete your studies online? Do you think you’ll be back on campus in the fall?

I'm homeschooled, so school got easier because I had more time to do it. I finished one month early.

How are you using social media, the Internet, or digital platforms during the pandemic?

I use Gmail to talk to my friends and I watch video tutorials on how to crochet. I also follow a blogger, but that's about it.

Did you have to postpone any major life events? (e.g. Graduation, wedding, major birthday) What did you do instead?

My Godmother's wedding was supposed to be in the winter, but now we don't know if that's still happening.

Do you have animals? Did you adopt a pet? How have they impacted your day?

Our friends let us borrow their dog a lot. We've had him for two weeks this time around. It's awesome because he's fully trained.

What positive things did you contribute to or notice take place?

Happiness. We have learned to find happiness in where we are right now and in our friendships instead of elsewhere, or in some material things.

Did you or someone you know contract COVID-19? What was it like?

Yeah, actually. One of our friends, their grandparents got it really bad in March, and it's July and they're recovering.

What do you wish you knew before the pandemic began?

How to keep little kids entertained. Like, seriously, my siblings fight like it's war.

What would you want future generations to know about the 2020 pandemic? How would you recommend they prepare for it?

Don't be stupid next time.

How do you think this pandemic will change how we behave going forward? What will the “new normal” look like?

Masks, that'll be the new normal, I'd bet my life on it.

Dublin Core

Title

Eden

Subject

COVID-19 (Disease)

Publisher

Southern Adirondack Library System

Contributor

Southern Adirondack Library System

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Language

English

Type

Covid History

Identifier

11809753264

Coverage

Coronavirus Pandemic

Citation

“Eden,” Leaving Our Fingerprints on History, accessed December 8, 2022, https://fingerprints.sals.edu/omeka/items/show/149.

Output Formats

Geolocation