What’s most important to you right now? 

Being able to provide for people that are older. I get lists from family members, collect all the groceries for them, and drop them off. If they can, they Venmo, if they can’t they don’t have to. Being helpful.

What was most important to you before you had to social distance? 

Being able to go to my siblings because they’ve all got kids. My brother’s wife works in healthcare, so we can’t do that anymore. Being around my immediate family. Being connected digitally is even a challenge.

What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over? 

We’re supposed to be having a birthday party for my grandma who will be turning 91. She finally learned how to use digital stuff, but doesn’t want to have a digital birthday party. Valid, if you’ve earned 91 years, then you should get a real birthday party.

What are you doing to pass the time? 

Working a lot. I work for a synagogue and I’m the online master. I edit all the videos and create any posts. The only fun projects I’ve been trying to keep myself occupied with are fixing up a shelf and fixing things around the house. 

What makes you happy right now?

Having little dance parties with friends whether it’s FaceTime or regular calls.

What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today? 

I’m not really a hugging person, and I miss having the physical connection. Luckily I have my boyfriend–as soon as he gets home, I jump on him–usually, I’m not like that. Oddly, I’m finding that I miss that part.


Lauren K-West Hollywood

DAY 36