By: Carley L., Grand Charity, Assistant Grand Editor and Rep. to WA/ID
I was initiated into Rainbow at Grand Assembly on March 28th, 2018. After only two terms I was elected into the line as Faith. I was extremely excited and couldn’t wait to start planning my installation for when I became Worthy Advisor. I quickly knew I wanted to make it beach themed, as my favorite place to visit is the beach. After my mom and dad purchased all the decorations, dress material, and carry-ins, Covid said hello there! And decided to stay for a while. After my installation was delayed for a term, my Advisory Board decided it was time to move forward and start planning for our Assembly’s first Zoom installation. At first, I was devastated. I had seen all of my Rainbow sisters have their dream Worthy Advisor installation and mine was going to be virtual. After coming to terms with this decision, I decided to look at all the positives of having a virtual installation. My family and friends who wouldn’t have been able to travel to Sacramento for an in-person installation were now able to attend. My pets, who provide me with great joy and humor, were able to sit right next to me during the installation. My family and I decorated our living room which was super cool, delivered care packages to the girls & adults of the Assembly, and had delicious food and cupcakes delivered to our house to enjoy after the installation. Even our neighbors had an outdoor viewing party, so they could all watch the installation together. Overall, the day felt really special.
During the early days of quarantining during the pandemic, my family and I tried to remain positive and enjoy events on Zoom, but just like many others, sometimes we struggled. Instead of staring at our computer screens all the time, we started taking trips in our RV and quarantining at various beaches. I hate to say this, but in some ways, Covid was a blessing. My sister and I were able to learn virtually while having a view of the ocean and beach. I remember I was supposed to have a really hard English test Sophomore year that I didn’t have to take due to “not having school for two weeks” which turned into a whole year. I was also able to make so many memories with my family that I would not have been able to make if it wasn’t for Covid. My family went on 12 different RV trips over Covid. Most of them were to beaches because we’re kind of a beach family. I found a love for the beach even more than I had before. All of those memories are ones I will have for a lifetime. I will always remember building unusual sand castles, seeing new places I had never seen before, and having ice cream daily… maybe more than once a day. Once school started I wished I could go back to the endless fun, the seagulls trying to take our food, making Tik Toks galore, and the hours of boogie boarding with my sister, Macey in the ocean. The memories we make with our family are some of the most important memories that you will ever make in your life. I will always cherish the memories I have with my family, not only through Covid but throughout my whole life. They are the ones I know I can always count on and who will always be there for me. They are my people and I will love them until the end of time.