Quarantine Day 6: Over-parenting and the return of dolphins
By Mark Heintz
Mar 20, 2020

Day 6 of quarantine.

Day 136 of student voice

Student voice provided by Emyly, Raphael, Becca, and Michelle


I woke up and read my classmate’s responses as usual. I’m with Becca. I miss school so much. I feel so unproductive. The only things I do all day are eat, clean, watch American Horror Story, and write for my journal which I enjoy. But, I wanna do something to help this go away quicker, what is a sixteen-year-old girl with no resources gonna do? I’m now starting to get worried about my grandparents in Mexico. I called them a few days ago they’re telling me not to worry but they don’t really realize the severity of this.

I was also reading Michelle’s and remember seeing a cartoon drawing that someone posted. It was two pictures. The first one captioned “Before Covid-19.” It was an image of a factory with so much smoke and pollution coming out.

While on the other hand, the image to the right of it was the same factory with no smoke or anything coming out and it was captioned “ After Covid-19.” I recall Michelle saying that people are finding whales where they haven’t been found since the 80’s. I was planning on visiting Mexico for the first time this spring break, so I had price alerts on for flights. Ever since the virus outbreak started I’ve seen the decline of prices every day. They started at like $400 then dropped to $350 and now they’re at like $240.

I remember joking around with my parents that now’s my chance to travel the world because that has always been a dream of mine. They called me dumb but it was worth a shot right. Tension is rising between me and my sister. She has drunk all the milk, the day I want to make a smoothie. I had to use canned coconut milk. Smelled bad but surprisingly tastes good with frozen mango and strawberries. Kind of like a twist to a piña colada. But I don’t know how many more days I can be here without fighting my sister.

Being the oldest I have to be like a parent. How can I be a parent when she doesn’t wanna listen though. So I’m watching the news and Mexico has its first corona victim. And to nobody’s surprise, the family said they didn’t have the support the government said they were going to receive. Also in Italy, there are now more deaths than in China. Supposedly there is going to be a vaccine within the next two weeks. Yeah right. I just realized it’s St. Joseph day. My mom made us all watch a live stream of mass. Much better than being in an empty church. I would always look forward to this day because of all the Italian food. Not this year tho I miss all the Italian ladies telling me to get more food. Man, this virus really sucks.




Today I woke up at 1:15pm thinking it was 11am. This is the latest I have woken up over this break. I slept for 11 hours. I think boredom has really kicked in.

My days feel longer and longer. I almost started crying because I miss school and my friends. I know I can facetime them, but it’s not the same. I want to talk to them in person.

I can’t keep waking up and staying in my room all day. I could go on a walk, but the weather decided to be mean and make it rain. I could read a book, yet I would be disinterested in three seconds. All these ideas don’t sound fun anymore. I hope this pandemic ends soon, but for now, I’m living in what will be history later on.



Yesterday I forgot to add something. Which was that in Venice, the water has become clear once again and there are once again fish. Swans have also come back.

As I said I would, I decided to do some research. I looked up statistics for the virus and looked at the graphs. The amount that were infected increased instead of decreasing during the “coronacation”. I also checked the sources of the stats and they are from a reliable source. My friend that goes to CPS said that her school is staying closed till April 20th. This makes me wonder if our school will do the same because usually CPS is the last one to cancel things. In other states they have canceled the whole year. Will that happen to us? What do we do for the rest of the year? We are literally experiencing a historic moment that they will probably write in books.









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