Cheryl, Auburn

Storyteller: McKenzie Hurd

Cheryl is 57 years old and lives in Auburn, Michigan with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, dog named Bella, and two cats. Cheryl is the manager of Dollar General. Her responsibility is to hire and train new employees, managing the store’s daily operations to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and make sure the shelves are stocked and nothing is expired. Cheryl first heard about COVID-19 on the news in February 2020. Her day-to-day life changed when the first quarantine happened and hasn’t been the same since then. She has to wear a mask everywhere she goes. Has to take extra precautions because her 1-year-old granddaughter lives with her and she is high risk. Her life consists of going to work and them coming straight home. 

Cheryl has been able to spend more time with her family, which she is happy about, due to COVID-19. Cheryl and her family have family dinners more often and make cookies all the time now that everyone is home more often. Even though Cheryl has been able to spend all this time with her family, she has lost time with her friends because of COVID-19. She also doesn’t feel comfortable going out and being around a bunch of people and it is also hard for her to breathe in a face mask. Cheryl has noticed that when she wears glasses with her face mask, her glasses fog up. Her coworkers find it really funny though. One thing Cheryl finds funny is when customers get to the door without a mask on and realize that so they run back to their car to grab one. The pandemic has taught Cheryl that you will never know what happens in life so spend every day with a smile on your face and enjoy life.

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