My Spring Dance: Quarantine Edition

Welcome to Hope Springs Journal, and happy Saturday!

I have talked a little bit about this dance for a while, saying that it was cancelled because of the coronavirus. I have been long awaiting this dance since I was in kindergarten because at the time, my brother was in eighth grade and he went to this dance. First, I’m going to tell you a little bit about this dance.

First of all, my school is different than most, and each class has no more than 30 students. So, every year the eighth grade has a spring dinner dance in May. This year, it was scheduled for May 1st, which was yesterday. Anyway, about two months before May, we would each be partnered up with another student of the opposite gender (usually by height), and we would learn all these traditional dances (including some fun ones too), learn etiquette, and all these table manners and such. Then, that night, we would dress up really nicely, have professional photos taken of the class outside, eat dinner, “perform” our dance, and then it would just be open floor for everyone to dance. I was so excited.

Then, in March, right before we were going to find out who our partners were and start practicing, our school closed down. We were all devastated, but we didn’t think it would last this long. Myself along with the rest of the girls, especially, were really looking forward to this dance. Most of us already had bought our outfits and practiced our makeup and hair, myself being one of them. We may not be able to leave our homes, but that wasn’t going to stop us from having this dance and having a great time.

Yesterday evening, most of the girls got our dresses on, did our makeup and hair, and got ready to go to this dance.

The Zoom call was scheduled for 7 P.M. We all took pictures, showed off our dresses, did a little dancing, and then played some games until about 9 P.M. We had so much fun! Even though it wasn’t anywhere near what was originally planned, we were still able to have a great time.

Hopefully, you all enjoyed my little story. I’m telling you all this because this proves that even though we aren’t able to participate in a lot of the things that we were really hoping to, doesn’t mean we have to stop living our lives. We can still have a lot of fun doing the things that we had planned to do, we’ll just have to rework them a bit.

If any of you have any stories about how you are getting through this please don’t hesitate to share them with me or tag me on social media @hope.springs.journal. I’d love to hear all about how you are pushing forward and getting through this time. We’re not in this all alone, and now more than ever, we need each other’s advice, stories, and support.

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