Dear sissy and all of her senior friends,
Gosh I’m sorry that this has happened to you.
This is so far from what you deserved. This is unfair and I know it can’t be easy.
I am sorry about the last moments with your friends. You should not be grieving them.
I am sorry about sports. You should have seen victory.
I am sorry about prom. You should have danced all night.
I am sorry about graduation. You should have walked across that stage.
I am sorry that your senior year has been replaced by a “not even close” online version. You should be with each other.
I wish I could take this from you or say something to make it better.
And, while I know there isn’t much I can do, I still wanted to write to all of you.
So, with all of that said, here are some things I hope for you:
I hope you know we are so proud of you
You have taught all of us about hope amidst heartbreak. You have proven your courage and your strength. You have reminded us of what it means to stand tall in the face of adversity. You have shown us what it looks like to be resilient.
And you have encouraged us to have hope, courage, strength, and resilience just like you. You have helped us stand a little taller.
You really have set an example for those around you.
I hope you are learning a little bit more about yourself
I hope you are seeing what you are capable of making it through. As cliché as it is, this is building character. When push comes to shove you see what you’re made of, I hope you are seeing it. You are stronger for this and I promise the world will be better for it. Be proud of yourself. Be so so so proud of yourself. You are tough dudes.
I hope you are proud of your class
I hope you are proud of each other. I hope you see the fight in each and every one of you. I hope that a few years down the road you will look back and see a group of people who managed to hold their head high despite being let down. I hope you are leaning on one another, I hope you are holding each other, I hope you are lifting your classmates up. And I hope they are doing the same for you.
I hope you let this bring you closer, even if it is at 6 feet apart.
I hope you know that good things are coming
I can promise you that. The future is bright.
It’s okay to hurt for the now. It’s okay to grieve the present. But don’t forget about all the wonderful things just around the corner.
Coming from a junior in college, I promise, you are about to have the time of your life.
This is not the end.
And lastly, I hope you know that we love you
Finish strong seniors. We are cheering you on. If anyone is capable of seeing this to the other side, it’s you.
This one is for the class of 2020, a class unlike any other.
Kenzi (or if you’re my sister, sincerely sissy)