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Good things are coming our way

PHOTO PROVIDED Hannah Yost has been keeping herself busy during quarantine.

Roughly two months ago, COVID-19 interrupted the lives of millions of American workers, small businesses, big businesses, and students. Schools in Pa., including CMHS, are scheduled to be closed for the rest of the 4th marking period. Central Mountain High School students will be completing school work on Schoology for the remainder of the school year.

Although students are stuck at home until COVID-19 is resolved, it doesn’t mean they have to sit around and do nothing. There are many things to do. For example, my family and I have been involving ourselves in outdoor activities, craft time, chores, school work, exercising, relaxation time, movie nights, and game nights. My dad also taught my younger sister and me how to cook decent meals for dinner. We learned how to make fried fish, vegetables, pork chops, tater-tots, macaroni and cheese, and a chicken, bacon, and broccoli casserole.

Many stores are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While shopping for essentials in Walmart, I couldn’t help but laugh at what I was seeing. There are safety squares on the floor, roped off check out lines, glass shields around cashiers, and Walmart employees yelling at customers that were a little too close to the person in front of them. There were also a lot of people in the store. I don’t know if it looked that way because of fewer check-out lines being open, or because people are starting to get fed up with being stuck at home. The good thing, however, is that everyone in the store was wearing a face mask for their own and everyone in the stores’ protection.

Everyone is always talking about how negative this pandemic is. Yes, people are getting sick and some are dying, but focusing on the bad will only make this time harder for everyone. There are always pluses in times like this. For example, jobs. Stores and restaurants are in need of employees to help with the large abundance of customers overwhelming the business’ performances. I looked for a job for over a year and a half, and, after this pandemic, I was finally hired. Another plus is that families have the opportunity to bond and become more close. Parents that work with children that go to school don’t always get a chance to sit down and have family time. Lastly, everyone doing their part and staying home have the opportunity to explore new hobbies. Whether it’s gardening or making cute crafts, it efficiently passes the time.

Eventually crafting, cleaning, exercising, etc. can get boring, but do you know what does not get boring? Pets. While scrolling on Facebook, I have come across many videos of peoples’ pets being goofy, loving, and of them showing off their talents. I have two black Labradors, five fish, a Guinea Pig, and an Iguana. The fish are kinda boring, but they’re pretty. The Labs can’t stay out of trouble. They’re always finding something to get into or they beg for food. The Guinea Pig is an all-new adventure. He’s always being adorable and goofy. The Iguana is psychotic. He doesn’t like to be held, touched, or looked at.

The point is if you’re someone that is bored out of your mind, and you have a pet, try to interact with them as much as possible.

In conclusion, this is a very difficult time for everyone. Try to find things to do. Don’t sit around on your phones, TVs, and computers all day. Go outside. Find a craft. Play with your pets. Interact with your family. Like all the plagues of the past, this too shall pass. Hang in there, for good things are coming our way!

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