Time: 4:47 p.m.
Date: May 12, 2020
- Location: Manhattan, Kansas (I’m back!!)
- Temperature: 50 degrees (booooo)
- Weather: cloudy and a bit chilly
- Listening: Disney Spotify Playlist
- Watching: Superstore
- Reading: Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Mood: a bit worried but fine
- Drinking: diet coke!
- Last Ate: sandwich
- Goals: finish my classwork and turn in things!
- Lows: oh the permanent anxiety and focus issues
- Highs: chatting with my mom and friends
It’s been a few days, and I’m sorry about that, but life’s been real busy since I last wrote. I have good news and bad news for you, diary. See, today I officially finish with the homework assignment that this began as. Yes, it’s true! The project is due today. That’s the bad news.
But don’t fret, I do hope to continue chatting with you occasionally! It just won’t be as homework anymore! Hopefully, life details start sorting out in the next few weeks. I might be wrapping up a Master’s Degree, but I…you know…wouldn’t mind a job lined up for the fall. But I don’t want to focus too much on those worries here.
Instead, I knew I wanted to close up the assignment portion of these diaries on a more positive note. Last week, I jotted down a note about an idea I wanted to write about but didn’t have the time for. We had just finished talking about The Marrow Thieves in our Zoom class, and I was thinking about the presence and importance of found families in that narrative, so I also thought I’d be able to relate that to my time during COVID-19 and experience at K-State.
So, closer to the start of this Pandemic, a bunch of celebrities helped Gal Godot sing “Imagine” and the internet roasted them.
I get it. Most of us don’t get to isolate ourselves in mansions during COVID-19.
Yet, when the cast of High School Musical reunited to sing “We’re All In This Together” during the first Disney Family Singalong that’s now streaming on Disney Plus, I wanted to believe in it a little bit.
Based on all of the apocalyptic narratives we studied this semester in Welcome to the Apocalypse (the most timely title for a class in history, perhaps!), the end of the world is a lot better when you have people to work with and lean on and survive alongside. We love reading about the reluctant frenemies of Jane and Katherine in Dread Nation. The boy and the man keep the fire going together in The Road. We treasure the true alliances Katniss makes in each Hunger Games. Every adaptation of Dr. Robert Neville experiences a breakthrough after finally connecting with another person. Thor needs to accept after Ragnarok that Asgard was a people and not a place.
We’ve been grasping at community in different ways during this apocalypse, but every video chat, text message, email, and social media interaction let us cling on to that part of our humanity. I’ve needed every single one of them.
Well, maybe not all the emails…
But I did need all the Zooms for classes and with friends. I needed the virtual game nights once a week with the folks in my grad school cohort as we tried to survive distance friendship—decent prep as all of us look back towards our separate corners of the country after graduation. Trivia is still fun over Zoom, if not as fun when competing on the same team as one another, but our track record of second place teams won’t be broken this semester.
Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to get a team together at some point in the future. We’re great at team names. The Holyhead Hotties (Harry Potter trivia) and Trash In the Camp (Disney trivia) reign supreme, despite second place finishes.
Speaking of “Trashin The Camp,” this bop is from Phil Collins and the Tarzan soundtrack. That man went hard for us, and we’re eternally grateful. In a post about community and togetherness “two worlds, one family” seems to fit perfectly.
Raise your head up
Lift high the load
Take strength from those that need you
Build high the walls
Build strong the beams
A new life is waiting
But danger’s no stranger here“Two Worlds” from Tarzan
Yours From Six Feet Away,