by Gillian Mulder
It has been two weeks and three days since I’ve seen any of my friends in person. The only people I have talked to in the past couple of days are my parents and my younger sister. But my sister is terrible, so she doesn’t count.
I wonder how my friends are doing. Are they okay? Did they read the latest installment of Lore Olympus? Have they eaten?
I haven’t heard from them in a while. Quarantine has kept us from school, and that was my main social life. They haven’t texted the group chat… or me…
They’re probably really stressed and busy. Online school does give us a lot of work.
A feeling of apathy takes over my mind. My breathing slows down, and my eyes feel heavy. What is this feeling? I hate this… I have no clue about the world outside. Everybody is scared, and I can’t see people because I might die?!?!
I go on the group chat and type.
You guys doing okay?
I wait. A couple of minutes later, I receive a message back.
Yeah, it could be better though.
I ask: You free to FaceTime?
Yeah, I get in response.
We talk for three hours, and agree to FaceTime again tomorrow too. I feel a lot better.
During this worldwide pandemic, most of us can’t see our friends due to not being able to go outside and this can make us feel very lonely. This is very bad, because as humans, we are social creatures, and we evolved to have human interactions and connections. Take that away and you get some bad consequences. It is important to keep up talking to friends and family who you can’t see anymore so that you don’t feel lonely.
To everyone--stay safe. Wash your hands and stay six feet away from all strangers. That’s enough space to comfortably fit a full-grown male llama.
For more information on why you should keep being in touch with people, click here.
Gillian Mulder, BHSEC Queens
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