Tom is a graduating Senior from Open World Learning. He wrote this letter to COVID-19 as a prompt for school. Tom has been a peer minister for two years at Saint Joan of Arc.
You really suck. Second semester of my senior year was supposed to be a reward for the 4 years of hard work I put in, and a relief from the stressful college application process.
Instead, I am stuck inside with two brothers who fight non stop and a sister who occasionally emerges from her room to beat me at Mario Kart. When I thought of playing the sport I love with the people I love this spring, I thought of going to state with my friends on the ultimate field, and winning more than one game of volleyball this year. I did not think of playing HORSE, around the world, 3 on 1, and a variety of other basketball related games with my family to keep the boredom at bay.
This was supposed to be our year for ultimate, something I had built up to and was excited about for as long as I can remember. Instead I am relegated to backyard basketball and Zoom calls. I know this will be over, and that it will make for a “memorable” senior year. But I wanted it to be memorable in a different way.
All I know is that if you cancel my first year of college my friend, Jedi, and I are hopping on a $30 flight to the Philippines. Please don’t do that though, the president there is threatening to shoot anyone dead who leaves their house.
The one good thing you brought about is that I really realized how much people mean to me, and how much happiness they bring to my life.
In the immortal words of that one meme: “I would’ve hugged the homies a little tighter if I knew it was going to be like this.”
So that’s what I have to say Covid. Go away.
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