Day 5, Family Coronavirus Journal

Day 5

E:
Sunday.  We made a short film today.  The story is a about a teenage girl (played by E), who is forced to go on a hike with her two parents.  Dad (played by the talented M) is worried because he has to lay people off.  Mom (featuring gifted newcomer M) is panicked about toilet paper.  Nonetheless, they know it’s a good idea to get their reluctant daughter out in nature (she just wants to be with her friend Sheila).

Oh, the antics.  Daughter wants to hike with her cell phone but is denied.  She mopes along the trails while Mom and Dad valiantly attempt to make her have a good time. Things change when she throws her first rock into the river…maybe this is fun!

After that, she starts to get the hang of it.  Dad is exhausted trying to keep up with her, while Mom finally gets some peace and quiet.

A cheeky cast makes this nail biter a not-to-be-missed film of the season, complete with a harrowing car scene, never-before-seen stunts done by the actors themselves and a family who keeps learning (even as we speak) about what nature can do for a family.

Rated PG for some thematic elements.  Running Time 5 min.

M:
Day five was more fun than all the other days. We went on the same hike that we go on a lot, but we made a short movie while on the hike. After the hike, I spent a while editing the movie. This was fun because we decided to make it not relate too much to coronavirus so we had time to think about other things. I’ve decided the worst part of his virus is that we have to think about it all the time. It’s this constant thing in our brains and everything we do reminds us of it. I think my friends are also starting to get more relaxed with the thought that we are going to be inside for a long time. At first everyone was freaking out and we all didn’t know what we were going to do with ourselves. Now we’re finding a lot of people to facetime and we are making it through the hard times. I’m fine staying inside but I wish I was staying inside with my friends. I wish that we could be going through this together. I would be fine doing self isolation for months if I had at least one friend. We are now in our second week and After this we will have a spring break. I can tell is week will be easier and it will keep getting easier from here. 

M:
Today we woke up and ate breakfast. We then decided to make a short film on our hike. It ended up being pretty good and after that we got back home and I was kinda tired. When we were filming my sister was driving the car and it took us 6 attempts to shoot the film because the phone kept falling over. When we got back I played Xbox with my friends.

Brief Walk

For twenty minutes today
I walked in the sunshine
and it was enough,

this body like a rind,
with something sweet inside,
and no less compostable.

I have known love,
the touch of a mouth,
and I too have tasted.

We are not the sum
of what we have been,
nor the story of what

we will be. We are
the wind on skin, the scent
of melting snow turned

to clay, the ears
through which to funnel
birdsong. The horses

walk across the pasture
to meet me. I see something
in their eyes that reminds

me of something old,
or the part of myself
that I have always known.

My eyes are
a many colored screen
on which a life projected

flickers with a song
and then dissolves
to blackness.