Adjusting to a New Way of Life

Madison Masunas, Managing Editor

I guess this is what Phineas and Ferb meant when they said there’s 104 days of summer vacation!

When the outbreak first happened and was still mainly in China, I didn’t think much of it and didn’t think it would actually reach the U.S to the extent that it has. I remember when we talked about current events in my government class, and the idea of a worldwide pandemic sounded unrealistic. Each day we talked about how the virus was continuing to spread and it started to worry me a little. It’s crazy to see that this virus has spread so much and affected so many people.

Since all of this happened, my life has been very different. I no longer set an alarm for 6 a.m every day and then go sit at school for 7 hours straight. I feel like I now have more free time which is really nice. I can’t even imagine if school was still going on because I have gotten used to this way of living.
My typical day now is still busy. I’m at work from 3-9 and it can get a little stressful because of how busy we get. Even though my job is tiring I am still grateful to be considered an essential worker at Dairy Queen because I can still be making money unlike a lot of other unfortunate people right now.

It does bother me a little that we are still open. Although I enjoy being able to still make money, I don’t think it is worth the risk of contributing to the spread of the virus. I understand that food is essential, but we mainly sell ice cream which is definitely not essential. We closed our front window to help people social distance and have moved to drive thru only, yet people still try to come up to our front window daily. We have signs everywhere saying we are drive-thru only but people still come up in groups with their friends to the front window. It’s clear that people aren’t taking this seriously when they should.

Since school is out, I do feel like I have more free time like I mentioned even though I still have to work. I can stay up later and just relax after work or do some homework. Sleeping in has also been something positive that has come out of this whole situation.