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Jade Moeller, Middle School History Faculty

If someone would have told me a month ago what our lives would be like today, I would have probably laughed and not thought twice about the absurdity of his or her comments. In just one week, we have had schools shut down, no religious services, stay at home directives and people fighting over toilet paper. Life has changed quickly for all of us in a hundred different ways, and we have a variety of feelings, concerns, and questions that surface each day. Throughout this chapter in unprecedented world history, I encourage everyone to keep some sort of documentation of his or her personal experience during this time. The history nerd in me pleads with you to take pictures, keep a video log, or write a daily journal entry. 

Why:

  1. We are all primary sources of a time period that will be studied throughout history. Facts will be documented and added into textbooks one day, but it is the personal human experiences that make history worth studying. 

  2. The personal narratives we keep will be interesting to share with our children and grandchildren.

Who: 

  1. Everyone! Doctors, teachers, moms, dads, politicians, students, grocery store employees, salon owners, entrepreneurs, young, old, etc. Even if you have young children, you could conduct video interviews with them or have them keep a sketchbook of how life has changed. 

When: 

  1. Daily. As we all know, something we were able to do yesterday is no longer possible today. The regular press conferences by state and federal government officials, as well as medical professionals, is a daily occurrence providing us with new information and guidelines.  

  2. Make it part of your routine. If you have quiet time in the morning and have time to think about the day ahead, do it then. If nighttime works better for you to be reflective and thoughtful, write your thoughts down then. 

Child at computer with parent

How: 

Approach 1: Keep a journal (my personal favorite) or video log

  • I prefer using good old fashioned paper and pen but others may prefer keeping a typed log or recording videos. Make sure you date each entry. A few items you may want to include in each entry/video: 

Approach 2: Take pictures

  • Write down gratitude for the day. List 3-5 things you are grateful for that day. These could range from seeing the first tulip sprout to having a roof over your head. My suggestion is to try to notice the small things. Looking back, it will remind you of small happenings. 

  • If you are spiritual, you may want to keep a list of people you are thinking about and praying about. This may help you focus on others during this time.

  • Record news updates. So far this has helped remind me just how fast things are changing. 

  • Jot down activities you did during the day. Going for a bike ride, teaching your child how to tie his or her shoes, or having the time to try a new recipe are all things that when you look back may make you smile and remember some positive aspects about this time.

    • Take pictures of your new workspace, of your child doing their chemistry experiment in the kitchen, of your family game night, of your children starting a vegetable garden. 

    • Don’t forget to have the pictures printed, or better yet, use a photo app to make a book about this time period. 

Whether you are a junior in the upper school, a physician, a parent who is now also homeschooling, a teacher who is now teaching math through online videos your story needs to be documented. Trust me, when things get back to normal you will be glad you did.