What I wish I had known


|By Katelyn, 3rd grade| March 2021 … It was Thursday, March 12, 2020. Everybody at Gotwals Elementary School heard the announcement over the loudspeaker: “Good afternoon, Gotwals Elementary School students. Unfortunately, we all will be given a two-week vacation at home because of coronavirus. We will be cleaning the schools while you are at home.” People in my classroom were crying, jumping, laughing, screaming. I didn’t know how to react. When I went home that day, I told my Mom what happened, and she said she would be working from home.  

The next month we were still being quarantined. Two months later, still quarantined.  

One year later, I’m being taught at home through Google Meet. I wish I had known that I wouldn’t be able to see my friends for such a long time, that I wouldn’t be able to go to my school building for a whole year straight, and that people would be dying basically every single day. All these wishes run through my head.  

I wish the pandemic never happened.  

If I could go back and give myself advice, I would say: Make sure you get all the toilet paper in the aisle. Be prepared for one year in the house. And, don’t forget to charge your computer. 

Katelyn is a staff member of the Gotwals Healthy Press.