My Screen Saver Is Making Me Yearn

Rebecca Thrailkill, Jayden Janda, and Maria Ruiz-Blanco look at a finished butterfly craft during the Ada Art's Council's Cozy Up with the Arts Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at Wintersmith Lodge.
Rebecca Thrailkill, Jayden Janda, and Maria Ruiz-Blanco look at a finished butterfly craft during the Ada Art’s Council’s Cozy Up with the Arts Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at Wintersmith Lodge.

On my work laptop, I use recent images from my news, sports, and feature photos as my screen saver.

My Screen Needs to Be Saved?
For you 21st century people who have no idea what a screen saver is, basically it is part of the operating system of a desktop or a laptop computer that activates when the computer is unused, dimming the screen, showing the time and date, making patterns, or, in this case, showing me a slide show of all the photos in my screen saver folder.

The images scroll past, showing years of events I’ve covered, some of it grim, some of it boring, but most of it was absolutely rippingly fun to cover. I hope I never took those events for granted, and I hope we can return to them one day soon.

Latta Homecoming King Rylan Schlup and Queen Cheyenne Adair share a laugh during their crowning at Latta School's 100th anniversary celebration Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at Latta Panther Fieldhouse.
Latta Homecoming King Rylan Schlup and Queen Cheyenne Adair share a laugh during their crowning at Latta School’s 100th anniversary celebration Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at Latta Panther Fieldhouse.

In the middle of this, it occurred to me that one of my very favorite things to cover , graduations, won’t be happening at all this spring because of the coronavirus crisis. Nor will proms, spring festivals, sports playoffs, water seminars, pancake frys, quilt shows, wagon rides, land run reenactments, groundbreakings, dedications, food festivals, car shows, arts festivals, parades. Life has ground to a halt.

Ada head basketball coach Christie Jennings and her team cheer as their Lady Cougars fight for a chance to stay alive in regional playoffs last month.
Ada head basketball coach Christie Jennings and her team cheer as their Lady Cougars fight for a chance to stay alive in regional playoffs last month.

Neither my wife nor I, nor anyone close to us, is sick, and I am grateful for that, for every day, for every breath.

I just posted a few images here, but there are literally thousands in my files that have stories to tell. I want to keep telling these stories.

A fortunate combination of building layouts, graduation plans, and time of day result in my finding this spot for Ada High School graduations in the last few years. This is last year, 2019, and it was such a beautiful day, a day we won't get to share this year.
A fortunate combination of building layouts, graduation plans, and time of day result in my finding this spot for Ada High School graduations in the last few years. This is last year, 2019, and it was such a beautiful day, a day we won’t get to share this year.

2 Comments

  1. There’s definitely going to be a weird gap in people’s lives after this – those students who will graduate virtually online, a whole year of high school athletes who age out of eligibility, and so on. I have already begun to think of this in terms of how we’ll refer to it in decades to come. Everyone will have a story of how it affected them. Most of those stories will eventually disappear, but it will live on in our collective consciousness for generations.

  2. one of my daughters is a senior this year and she is bummed about the whole disruption in graduation in it and of year activities. It’s weird all the way around for everybody.

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