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Seen and Heard: Sixth Installment

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Sixth Edition: May 9-15

There are a plethora of changes COVID-19 has brought to our world. Developments are mounting daily, sometimes hourly. The Collegiate staff documented a few snippets of the things we’ve seen and heard. For this edition we will be discussing the different ways we have been staying in contact with family and how the stay-at-home order has changed how we interact.

HomeFront Church, Grandville
1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9
By Sabrina Edwards

In preparation for Mother’s Day, we had to celebrate a little differently this year. I still live at home with my parents, but it was different not being able to see my grandmother this year. My mom and I did meet up with my grandmother at HomeFront Church, because they were having a parking lot succulent sale. With masks on, we were 6 feet apart from one another and the others that were there, but it was just nice to be able to see her on this holiday and be able to spend some time with each other, even if it was socially distant.

The Miller cave
12:31 a.m. on Friday, May 15
By Jamie Miller

So guys and gals, the coronavirus is still spreading and quarantine is still in effect, making it hard for many to keep in contact with their family and loved ones. That’s rough to many, but not to me,as I have little contact with many members of my family to begin with. The last time I saw my Dad in person was on Christmas, same with my sister Jenny. It’s been longer since I’ve seen my sister Sam.My grandmother and I have very little contact due to issues on both sides. I haven’t seen many of my cousins in what seems like centuries. Many would see that as very sad. And it is. However, it makes me uniquely equipped for these trying times as I feel little effect of the quarantine and the isolation caused by it. And some would say this is good, but I find it sad; sad that I barely care about being trapped at home for over two months all alone in the dark.  So my advice to you stuck at home is this: keep up the lines of contact, value your loved ones, and remember that you still have contact with them. Do it for those who walk… alone. 

Colorado
Wednesday, May 13
By Anthony Clark Jr.

I’m sure many will see the location of this observation and wonder why an individual wouldn’t limit travel during times like these. After 17 hours of endless hand washing, sanitizing the cabin of my vehicle, and sleep deprivation, I arrived safely to the opportunity of living in Colorado for the time being. When I arrived, I noticed that restrictions for the virus seem a lot more lenient than they are in Michigan. Many businesses that are considered non-essential in Grand Rapids are open to the public – car washes with vacuums available, any and all retail stores, etc. Although, it is a county law that all civilians must be wearing a mask in all public buildings otherwise they will not be granted access. Businesses are taking other precautions with limited store hours, plexiglass dividing customers and employees, wiping down surfaces after each customer, etc.

Downtown Grand Rapids
3 p.m. on Thursday, May 14
Brianna Wetherbee

The gloom of Thursday made for a good afternoon drive. My sister, Summer, and I got in my car with no destination in mind; it was merely a time to get out of the house. After driving around for a bit, we decided to stop by my brother’s house. Careful to maintain six feet of distance, we sat in one corner of his front porch while he sat in the other. There we stayed for nearly an hour as the roof of the porch sheltered us for the falling rain. I’ve never sat on his front porch before. Most often when we get together to chat it’s at a coffee shop. Though it was odd to not greet him with a hug, it was enjoyable to keep some semblance of normalcy as we sat there sipping the coffees we brought ourselves. 

Kentwood
Tuesday, May 12
Reported by Kellie Book

Before the stay-at-home order my mom, sister, and I would manage perhaps two mornings and a few dinners together as a family every week even though we live in the same house. What little time we did spend together passed in an exhausted haze, and we didn’t talk all that much except to plan the logistics of the next few days. We didn’t consistently address the tensions between us in productive ways. I’ve noticed that we have gotten better at communicating and understanding each other’s quirks due to the stay-at-home order. My mom knows that my sister and I just aren’t going to start being productive early in the day. My sister and I understand that my mom needs to have a project to work on somewhere in the house in order to feel sane, and that she does need our help with those projects. My mom and sister understand that I need the basement (my domain) to be somewhat free of the detritus of those projects, or I get stressed out and grumpy. I think the experience has molded our relationships and created avenues of healthy communication between the three of us. If someone is having a bad day we can talk about it and manage it without digressing into arguments. In fact, we actively enjoy chatting and laughing together. Honestly, I’m really thankful for that particular evolution. 

Wyoming
3 p.m. on Friday, May 15
Allie Ouendag

I am currently at home with my family along with my brother who just moved back from Lansing Community College. It was fun to have a full house for the first week, however, as time has gone on and stay-at-home orders have been extended, it has become exceedingly hard to find space of our own. Although we are pushed closer it seems as though maintaining a healthy level of sanity has gotten increasingly harder. As a result, we are making small changes to try and break up the monotony of each day. We have been trying new restaurants, watching movies we never thought we would like, and spending as much time walking as possible. As the weather has gotten warmer we have been able to spread out more in our backyard and attempt to get a tan. I hadn’t realized how much even going outside in the warm weather helps you refocus and re-energize. As it slowly starts to feel like summer, going outside helps things start to feel a little more like normal.