We see you, class of 2020.
Your class is the generation that has survived some of the hardest, incredible, and most historic years.
This generation was born during the horrific time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This generation grew up during a war. This generation survived the economic recession. This generation survived natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake.This generation witnessed the Beijing Olympics. This generation witnessed and watched the first African-American President Barack Obama. This generation survived the meltdown of the Mayan Calendar, Twitter launching, Boston bombing, and so much more.
Now they are witnessing, living, and surviving the Covid-19 Pandemic.
We are watching them rise above and do their school work online. We’re watching them video chat with their friends. We’re watching them wave to their teachers by a virtual Zoom call or drive by. We are watching them cry for missing their friends. We’re watching them feel devastated about missing the big events of prom, graduation, senior trips, and more. These events are supposed to make the next few months of transitioning into adult life a little easier.
And all we can do is watch, support, love, and reassure them.
My heart breaks for my brother (and two cousins) who is a senior this year. He’s my not-so-little Buddy. His prom and graduation are canceled. His yearbook signing day gone. And let’s not forget senior ditch day is canceled as well. He, his friends, and teachers are all devastated. The weight of all of this hits hard, and I’m so sad by this all.
I don’t think that any of these events that have happened over the past 18 years are a coincidence. I believe that this generation is going to rise above like no other generation has before.
I know that because of a phone call that I had with my brother today. I called him, and told him how sorry I was and asked what I could do to help him. He assured me that there wasn’t much to be done. But you know what he also said to me?
He said, “Sam, it really sucks but it’s going to be okay.”
If that doesn’t speak beyond his years and wisdom, I don’t know what does. I’m grateful for my brother’s optimism while honoring his true feelings about the situation.
This world-wide pandemic is the end of a chapter for our seniors. They will be the ones who will continue to witness miracles, historical events, and so much more. We see you, class of 2020. You’re going to do great things in the years to come.