Wednesday, April 8
“S.O.S. I need your help. I am injured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone, this is NO JOKE. In the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries close by and shall return this evening. Thank you, Chris McCandless. August?”
~Into the Wild, Chapter 2. This was a note McCandless left after hiking out into the Alaskan wilderness alone.
The title of the first section in our literature textbook was Earthly Exile, Heavenly Home. We studied several epic poems in the beginning of the year about being forced to exist away from home. Consider what it would be like to live away from home, to be sent away to a foreign land, unsure of whether you could ever return.
Journal: What are the good things about your home? What do you like about it? How would you feel if you were sent away or forced to leave? How would you make it if you were forced to live in exile?
Song of the Day, Nothing Compares 2 U, Prince (from Abi Duran)
Yesterday we wrote about our expectations for the year and how reality differed from those expectations. Here is an excerpt one of you wrote. (re-printed with permission)
“My expectation for the year was to have fun for my last year and just relax a little, also to go to prom and have all my family at my graduation. Now I won’t have my senior prom or my family won’t watch me walk across the stage, especially my mom. Everything I do is for my mom. She’s the main reason I stayed in school and went to votech to further my career. The difference is a bad thing for me, I never thought that my last year would end like this. I never wanted to stay at home for months not doing anything, I would go to school just to see my friends.
I aspire to become a nurse and take care of my mom like she does me still to this day. I won’t let this virus stop me from becoming what I always dreamed of. I will continue to go to votech after everything is over with. How I would advance on this chaos is to stay home wash my hands, take showers and do my school work so I won’t be that bored for the next couple of weeks.”
Great work. Thank you for continuing to share your journey even though “we be apart”.