By Karli Olsen — Spirit Lake High School
Wow! I feel like the month of April flew by. Personally, I think the whole month of April went by faster than the last two weeks of March did when this quarantine started.
May was supposed to bring a lot of senior celebrations, from awards night and commencement to prom and senior breakfast. Instead, those have been moved or cancelled and we have been awaiting the day where restaurants and gyms reopen. Today marked that official day for most of our local businesses. Thankfully, my brother’s place of employment opened back up, so I get a little space from him — just kidding!
It’s been really fun having him back at home. It almost feels like good ol' days before he left for college. I think I hold a record of about 0-82 in wrestling matches against him, and I’m not sure a day has gone by without him making fun of me in some way or another. I will say at least I am quarantined with my brother who doubles as my best friend. I’ve noticed recently that we seem to make almost everything a competition. Some nights it’s tossing things as fast as we can from the dinner table, across the kitchen, to the other person who better not drop it, and puts it away. To date, no big messes have occured. Other nights, it's the card game Speed, or seeing who can name state capitols the fastest.
Today brought me one very good life lesson. I accidentally left my car lights on, so I had a dead car battery. I was fortunate enough to have some rockstar help that walked me through every step so I would be able to do it in the future if I need to.
I also have been babysitting about three days a week and today, after we finished our school work where I got a refresher on first-grade language arts and some fifth-grade math, we were able to put together May Day baskets for the kiddos to deliver to some of their friends. The pure happiness on their faces and excitement in their voices when they came sprinting back to the car yelling at me to “go, go, go” was enough to fill my heart with joy.
At one point, after trying not to get caught for numerous houses, one of the girls asked me, “Karli, can we pleeeeaaassseee just sit in the car and wave when she comes to the door? I haven’t seen her in such a long time and I don’t care if we get caught. I miss her.” When I heard those words, my heart broke, and I realized just how this pandemic is affecting people of all ages. While she is so young, she realized that we couldn’t stand at the door and wait. We had to go back to the car, but there we sat, giving her friend the biggest waves and smiles.