Cady Grace Wyn

Looking back to the beginning of my senior year, I never expected a global pandemic to break out and completely turn my life upside down. 

I have mourned all the things I will never get to do, things I have looked forward to all my life. My senior prom, senior skip day, graduation and (truly) the last day of school. To say I was devastated was an understatement. In the first couple of weeks I was solely focused on these things, and I grieved for myself and the time with my friends I will never get back before we go our separate ways in the fall. I cannot say that it has gotten any easier dealing with this sadness, but it has made me more grateful for the time I had and the things I did prior to this pandemic. After this is all over, I will continue to enjoy the little things in life and appreciate each passing moment. 

Eventually I started getting out and going for walks. I did this frequently with my family, and it usually puts us all in a better mood. I started to eat healthier and bike on the Peloton to maintain my physical health. I spent a lot of time playing board games with my family, which brought out a lot of laughs and joy to our household. 

When it’s warm outside, I tan — a great way to get some vitamin D. My family and I also have a ping pong table that we have been using frequently (and brings out our innermost competitiveness). 

Lastly, I’ve been getting pretty crafty. I bleached a sweatshirt of mine and ironed on some felt letters saying “Boomer” since I am officially committed to the University of Oklahoma. I started knitting again, and I have made bracelets and little notes to deliver to my friends’ doorsteps this past week. Everyday I try to entertain myself with a new craft — whether it’s painting, altering clothes or doing something creative to encourage my friends.

This is a crazy and unforgettable time, but despite everything that has been taken from me, I am forever grateful for the things I have gotten to do and the experiences with my peers I will cherish forever. I have hope for better days to come. I look forward to my friend group facetime calls and I text them whenever I can. I can’t wait for the day I can reunite with my friends and the outside world.

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