We challenged Education programming participants past and present to submit their stories of life during COVID-19 using only six words each. Bittersweet, sorrowful and uplifting—see what they had to say.
There’s always light in darkness.
-Kyle Johnson, InterGens
DJ calls “Last dance!” No kidding.
-Denise McIntosh, GeNarrations
For once my preparation paid off.
-Celeste R. James, GeNarrations
Isolation introduced me to business nation.
-Javona Landfair, PlayBuild
Cicadas return. Regardless of the pandemic.
-Sandra Beaty, GeNarrations
Pandemic met chips = my new cleavage.
-Barbara McBee, GeNarrations and InterGens
Got divorced. Fell apart. Healed. Happy!
-Nitsana Lazerus, GeNarrations and InterGens
Show got canceled; No more killing.
-Efrén Ponce, The Best Part
Is she dead? Yes she is.
-Roberta Skrip, GeNarrations
Masked my face. Hid my race.
-Connie Shirakawa, GeNarrations and InterGens
Shutdown, pen and piano provides opportunity.
-Michael Jackson, GeNarrations
Till death do us part, bang.
-Pauline Bastek, GeNarrations
Can’t forget countless, laughable zoom indiscretions.
-Darrelyn Marx, GeNarrations
Disposable Face Masks: out of stock.
-Ira Abrams, GeNarrations and School Matinee Series
Last thing I did was dance.
-Erin O’Bryen, GeNarrations
Time to reassess, regroup and recharge.
-Rhonda Reed, GeNarrations and InterGens
Keys. Phone. Go! Oh…wait…MASK.
-Cheryl Kelly, GeNarrations
When the world went to shit.
-Liam Brady, Introduction to Stagecraft
Accepting grandson’s autism diagnosis with love.
-Marsha Fogle, GeNarrations and InterGens
SLOW DOWN and be mindful NOW.
-Kitty Tokarsky, GeNarrations
Covid. Think my scale is broken.
-Karen Sims, GeNarrations
Masks mandated! Glasses fogged. Fractured kneecaps.
Played guitar again and again YEAH.
-Donna Willey, GeNarrations
Nothing ends only continue to begin.
-Darwin Corrin, GeNarrations
Christmas morning mourning, “F**k you COVID!”
-Debra Allison, GeNarrations and InterGens
Lockdown. Lockout. Civility ends. Bullets fly.
-Peggy Damrau, GeNarrations
Newlyweds, locked down. Surprisingly, still married!
-Mary Anthony Flint, GeNarrations
GeNarrations disruption! Undeterred, Goodman prevailed. Thanks!
-Prabha Iyer, GeNarrations
Contemplate gloom or search for possibilities.
-Laurie Barretto, GeNarrations
Celebrated being an Introvert — WithOUT Guilt!
-Toni Duncan, GeNarrations
Uncertainty gripped: death lurked, people shopped.
-Velma Gladney, GeNarrations
Hope I can fly again soon.
-Cindy Roder, GeNarrations
Quarantined…Four grandkids…Four months…Perfect…
-Susan Branch, GeNarrations
She is dead. Not my fault.
-BJ Parker, GeNarrations
I still know nothing about school.
-Amanda Steiner, Strike!
He said travel and I went.
-Shedrick Sanders, GeNarrations and InterGens
Virus, lies, panic, bleach, dementia: insurrection.
-Norman Field, GeNarrations
Red X, kindergarten trauma, adult loss.
Two diagnoses: Parkinson’s, Cancer. Avoided COVID.
I languish. Going in. Coming out.
-Connie Kiosse, GeNarrations
Got a stroke Covid test was?
-Janice Lou, GeNarrations
Work Termination or Take The Vaccine.
-Dream Drummer, Cindy Bandle Young Critics and Introduction to Stagecraft
I couldn’t even attend his funeral.
-Mary O’Connell, GeNarrations
All traffic stops, all life suspends.
-Deborah Hines, GeNarrations
Pandemic Isolation—demanded creativity—I paint.
-Patricia Stanczykiewicz, GeNarrations
At the grocery, everyone wore masks.
Discovered that solitude isn’t my friend.
-Laurie Hillman, GeNarrations
Masks match all outfits. . . . It’s over?
-June Huitt, GeNarrations
Exhausted Introvert seeking energetic extrovert
Ice cream, chocolate, YUM. Mirror, YUCK.
-Pat C, GeNarrations
HALT! Sick mother. Cribbed screaming baby.
-Judy Mizrachi, GeNarrations
Locked out, locked in, knocked up.
-Geneva Norman, GeNarrations and InterGens
Mistletoe hanging…No takers. I cry.
Money couldn’t buy my lover’s touch.
-Dhamana Shauri, GeNarrations
Educational diversity harbors sage, insightful reforms!
-Leotis Swopes, GeNarrations
Stranded on floor; struggling upright; safe.
-Simone Wright, GeNarrations
Oddly, blessed and reset, whomsoever survived.
-Daphne Lecesne, GeNarrations
COVID-19 breeze, cough sneeze, pain increased.
-Alice Collins, GeNarrations