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Seen and Heard: Tenth Installment

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Tenth Edition: June 6-12

Brianna Wetherbee 

I enjoy being in public. I get a lot of energy from interacting with people face-to-face and I have missed the freedom and ability to do that. There are a number of different restaurants, coffee shops and stores I am excited about reopening. Most notably, I am looking forward to getting my hair done. Though I was tempted, I never did any sort of at-home haircut or dye. It has been over five months since I had my hair colored and I certainly cannot call myself a blonde at the moment. I have come to recognize that it truly is the “little things in life” that can contribute to a great deal of satisfaction. Sitting at a restaurant talking with friends over dinner, getting coffee at Madcap with my sister, these were things that I will forever cherish and no longer take for granted. 

Allie Ouendag

In all honesty, I think I have really adapted to quarantine life and I am not sure how much my life will change as a result of reopening. Most of the places I would hang out with my friends were still open during quarantine such as the beach or trails. We definitely are more Wendy’s 4 for $4 people than dine-in people, so restaurants aren’t exactly the biggest deal. I have gotten really used to buying everything from Amazon Prime, literally everything, so going to stores to buy stuff seems like a lot of work. I do eventually want to go out and do my homework in a coffee shop, but because of the half capacity limit I am not sure how long I would be allowed to stay. I am still a little worried about going out in public places because I know the virus can still spread, but I am so excited to go back and see a live concert again.  

Sabrina Edwards

I personally am looking forward to going to concerts again. I’ve gotten used to almost everything else during quarantine, but I do miss going to live shows. I was supposed to go to MoPop in Detroit this year and that was cancelled, which was super disappointing. Before the pandemic I was going to start doing concert photography, so that’s been put on hold until large groups can gather. I don’t think concerts are going to open up anytime soon, they’ll probably be one of the final things to be returned to everyday life due to the large groups. However, I am super excited to go to concerts again once they reopen. Now I just have to wait to see when the rescheduled dates are.

Jamie Miller

Well… it’s been a long time since this pandemic hit us. It seems like I’ve been in my house for eons. But when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she was lifting the quarantine, I felt a burst of joy, finally… we are free! And now the question posed here is this: what are we going to do once we are free? I’ve heard some talk about getting a haircut, others about going to a concert, and a few about going out to eat, well, I guess I need a haircut but it’s not too bad yet, I’ve never been to a concert so I’m not too broken up about that, and I can live off of bologna sandwiches for a very long time. So those things seem a bit inconsequential to me, at least for now. The thing I have been spending a small eternity waiting for is contact, human contact. Ya know, the kind of contact that involves people who walk on two legs and aren’t covered head to toe in thick fur. And I mean isn’t that what we all want? Not to be alone? And while FaceTiming is convenient it’s just not the same. I don’t know how to describe it, you just don’t feel them there with you, ya know? You can’t feel their joy when they’re happy. Or when you’re trying to make them feel better you can’t feel their sorrow. It’s just a reflection. Seeing them on a screen of glass, their voice coming through a speaker, an echo. So yes that is what I’m looking forward to…. contact. And then I will be happy. Oh boy, will I be happy. 

Kellie Book

It’s been so long since I felt like anything was normal, and I have been pining for a few different aspects of pre-COVID-19 American culture. Pop can returns. Apparel stores. Malls in general. Hair salons. Movie theaters. And I never thought I’d say it, but I’m eager to go back to school as well. The structure of a school week that requires me to get out of the house at a certain time provides some much-needed motivation to get my proverbial ducks in a row. As a serial procrastinator, distance learning and the ability to set my own schedule can be a seriously unhelpful combination. Thankfully I have been able to get things done regardless, but the struggle is real. 

Oh, and work! I work in a mall, so I’ve been furloughed for months now. For a while the break was nice and relaxing, but I’m at the point where I just want my routine and my income back.

Everything else is more of an inconvenience, or a luxury that I miss having. I’ve adapted to life without them pretty well, but that doesn’t mean I’m totally fine with  going without them for another two months. It would be nice to get my hair cut, and go see a movie with my boyfriend, and do a bunch of shopping with my mom and sister even though I only walk away with a few things. 

I’m sure that doing all of these things for the first time will be cause for celebration, and I will definitely be thankful when they’re all possible, but for now I really just want this pandemic to end. To that end I’m willing to put up with the partial economic shutdown for a little while longer. On the bright side, the victory of malls, movie theaters, and hair salons reopening will taste that much sweeter once we finally get there. Until then, we just have to keep going.

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