“Me, talking to my sister on the phone that night”

A poem about that night in the early spring of 2020.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020
8:50 p.m.

“Everybody in the world wanted this. Everybody in the world wanted six weeks off… but nobody ever could have foreseen this.

Yeah for real, I was just saying that.

“I mean I was so excited to go to school. Seriously, I worked for two years… That’s what I don’t really know how to explain to people. I worked on average like fifty-five hours a week… I was at the visitor center like fifty-five hours a week on average, and I interacted three-hundred days a year for two years with my [one coworker] who’s my age and [other coworkers] who are our parents’ or grandparents’ age, and… that’s it! Those are the only people I talked to most days for two years, and my social skills died.”

[Sister laughs]. ‘My social skills died.’

“And then I was so excited to be in school where there were people like aged twenty-two to like forty. And it was really nice that I got to know those people for like five weeks, and then I said, ‘See ya never again!’ Kinda nuts.

I miss you guys.”

We miss you too.


by Kailey Ann

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