Cows, Cheese, and Crazy


Wisconsin is filled with wonderful things like cows, cheese, and my crazy extended family!

Despite the pandemic situation still on the rise, my family and I drove the 17 hour trip from DFW to WI in order to be with my grandmother (who was getting heart surgery). It’s crazy to see how each state differs in the strictness of social distancing and the people’s compliance to it. I must say that in Texas, at least the area I live and frequent, people are much more aware of the situation and are taking steps to stop the spread by social distancing, wearing masks and gloves, and generally trying to remain vigilant while trying to get back to their normal lives. In comparison, MO and WI both have pretty relaxed standards, and in WI it basically felt like normal (to an extent). I’ve never been more culture-shocked than this.


On the other hand, it was really nice to go to a place that wasn’t 95 and humid every day. The sun rose around 5 AM and the temperature ranged from low 60s to high 80s. Translation: amazing. My sister and I took many hikes along Lake Michigan and even when on a hike to the bluffs with our cousin, Jenna!

My grandmothers surgery when well and she’s healing nicely! We talked to my grandfather through the window of his nursing home, and hung out with all of our aunts, uncles, cousins, and my dad’s parents (our other set of grandparents, obviously) during the week. Despite everything that’s been happening it was really nice to see our family and reassure ourselves that they were all ok. It’s ok to be scared during this time, but creating those bonds with family and friends is what keeps us sane. Humans are social creatures by nature and this pandemic is testing how far we can push boundaries, overcome limits, and create big change in our world.


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Amanda Beeck

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