Life As We Knew It is the first in a series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I read this series in middle school, but I can’t help but think about it during this time of Covid-19. The series is told through journal entries written by Miranda, a sixteen-year-old living in Pennsylvania, and begins with a prediction of an asteroid hitting the moon, bringing it closer to Earth. When it inevitably happens, the world is turned upside down. There is there is a food shortage and an influenza-like illness that claims the lives of thousands of civilians, as well as other issues.
Some people in the story prepared when the prediction happened, while others claimed it was BS, for lack of a better term. Stores were packed with people, filling carts with canned goods and toilet paper, and were then isolated in their houses for months on end. It was nuts.
The book scared me so much as a child (maybe 11 or 12) that I asked my parents to buy canned food to keep in the pantry and set up a bag with medical supplies in case someone was hurt or sick. There was no reason for me to believe that it would happen, but I did it to be safe.
But it almost sounds familiar, doesn’t it? People filling their carts with non-perishables and paper goods, holing themselves up in their houses for fear of contracting an illness claiming the lives of thousands?
Its terrifying. We still have so many unanswered questions, even with our advantage of having electricity and the news. The world is a very different place then it was in January and February, going to lunch with friends, having class in-person, even just going to the store— it feels like a fever dream.
But if I learned anything from Miranda, is that we adapt. Life goes on and we will develop a new normal.
Stay safe and, as always—
Have a rosy day,