What I learned about this past week -- we actually went to a show in a town that is just, like, 15 minutes away from our town. And so we took a bus and we watched a show about, basically, the Little Rock Nine, it's called “Warriors Don't Cry.” So, I learned about the Little Rock Nine, and basically, they were a group of nine individuals who were African American. I think only one of them is not still living. But anyways, they had to -- they tried to enroll into a school that was, you know, for white people. And originally, it was just like 27, not 9, and it narrowed down to only 9 who actually tried to go to the school when they were finally, like, accepted. And then they got driven out by a mob, people tried to injure them, a lot of things happened. And then finally, one day, they got escorted in by the military and basically they paved the way for Black students to go to school in schools that, you know, white kids go to as well. So, they were huge role models and I think it's really important that people learn about the Little Rock Nine because it's an important part of history and it happened during a really rough time.
Like, take me for example, I thought my life was boring. Well, you know, first we had -- first we were under lockdown and then after that was quarantine, and now it's winter. So I barely got time to go outside except over the summer, that was pretty cool. So I thought my life was boring. But when you look at the little things, then you realize just how not boring it is, just how interesting it is. You might look online and then see people traveling all over the world, you know, doing whatever they want. But -- and you're at home. Well, that doesn't matter because they might be doing the big things but you're doing the small things and that's what really matters in the end. So, is my life boring or it just depends on your perspective? If you look at it -- if you look at the small things, then of course, it's definitely not boring.
I have been kicked out of a building because of a fire alarm. I was traveling in Scotland and it was the first night actually that I was in Scotland. It was in a hotel in Edinburgh. And it had been a long day of travel, and I was so tired, and had pretty much just gone to bed, or maybe even just fallen asleep. So, I had gone to bed a little bit earlier, you know, a little bit before. I was just starting to drift off to sleep, and the fire alarm went off, and I remember kind of not knowing what it was. It sounded a little bit different in Scotland than it, than, you know, any other fire alarm that I've heard, but realized that that's what it was and had to -- we did have to evacuate or we did evacuate and it was totally a false alarm -- well, I shouldn't say it was a false alarm. There was no actual fire, but someone was smoking in a stairwell and it set off the alarm. And it was so funny though, because there were people, you know, travelers from all over and, you know, we were standing across the street on, you know, this old, you know, old cobbled street in Edinburgh, on the Royal Mile. And all these people in there, you know, from, you know, these people in their pajamas, you know, from all over the world basically, you know, staying in this hotel and so you’d hear, like, different languages. And there was this one lady who said that she didn't know what it was, and had gotten a new alarm for the trip. And this was her, you know, her first night on the trip, too. And she -- so she'd never heard her alarm before. So she thought that it was her alarm that was going off. So she actually, like, took apart, you know, in her fumbled, you know, sleep took apart her alarm, trying to get the sound to go off, and then realized that it wasn't, realized that it wasn't her alarm. It was actually, you know, actually the fire alarm and she, you know, then realized that she actually had to leave, you know, leave the building.
"So we were at this show and I was just -- I was vibing." So I was thinking about a particular time that was a remarkable story or something that has made an impact, um, in my, you know, self development, um, and I thought about the time that I broke my tailbone for the first time. I actually ended up breaking it three times, unfortunately, um, but I broke it for the first time when -- I think I was in fourth grade, maybe fifth grade, um, and I was in a, an honors choir, and we took a trip to Mackinac Island. I was with, um, my mom, she was like a chaperone, and a bunch of my friends. And we went to this show. I think it was, um, Three Men and a Tenor, um, at this old theater and, um, it was super beautiful. The seats were really old and each one had, like, a sort of, like, knobby handle in between them, where you can, like, r- -- like an armrest, I guess, um, and, like, velvet seats. They were beautiful. Um, but because it was old, some of them had, like, missing seats and whatnot, um. Anyways, so we were at this show and I was just -- I was vibing. I really, really was enjoying myself. I was with a bunch of my friends. It was music that I enjoyed, um. It was, you know, performers that I had seen since I was a kid -- like, even younger kid, um, it was music that I knew, so I could sing along to it, um. And I was really in the moment and I was jumping up and down and we were singing along to the music, um, and then, you know, we were cheering at the end of it. And then when it was all done, I was just full hyped of energy. I went and -- I, I went to sit back down really hard, and I missed my seat, and I slammed into the armrest that was between two seats and my tailbone hit that little knob at the end of the armrest so perfectly that it sent a intense shock wave all the way through to the top of my head. And I felt like I couldn't see for a second and it was awful, um. Eventually, like once…
That reminds me, in social studies this year they traced me and we made a life-sized sarcophagus of me and it was really cool because each group had to do it and then we made like a pharaoh and then it had, like, hieroglyphics on it and it, like, of my greatest achievements and it was colored to be like me and it was -- it was really cool. Like, it was made out of paper, but we stuffed it with stuff. And yeah, so it was a life-sized sarcophagus. And so yeah, I totally know what this is talking about with the ancient Egyptians.
Did you have to do chores when you were younger? Or now? What was the worst chore? What was the chore or you didn't mind so much? Did you ever get caught pretending not to do a chore, but not really doing it? So I did not have do chores when I was younger. I don't have to do them now either. But every now and then if there's like a party or something, my parents would make me do chores, the worst chore I've probably ever had to do is taking the garbage out at 12 a.m after a New Year's party. It was so scary because I'm afraid of the dark. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not afraid of the dark like the element of the dark itself, but I'm afraid of what could potentially be in the dark that could harm me. And so that was the worst chore that I had to do because I didn't want to run in the dark and then put the garbage can at the end of our driveway. But I didn't want to go slowly because then something in the dark that could hurt me would know that I'm moving, and so I sprinted as fast as I could. And I pull up the garbage can at the end of our driveway, and then when I came back, I fell, which was what I was afraid of and then, like, I had scabby knees for a while. So that was definitely the chore I've ever had to do.
I hope Covid continues in the right direction. I forgot to look up this week's numbers. But I swear the numbers have been plummeting, just like we hoped they would. We saw the numbers of Omicron cases in South Africa go insane like a month, month-and-a-half ago. And then they dropped off a cliff and people said, “Maybe they'll drop off a cliff here too.” And it looks like that might be happening and man, please. But I'm gonna try to steer clear of falling into that trap, that trap called hope. But you know what? I wanna -- I want to feel hopeful, even if I end up being wrong again, moving forward. I wanna feel hopeful, I wanna believe this is different. I wanna believe we have a way out. So I’m gonna use some positive vibes and hope that we're gonna get there, guys. You know, all pandemics end at some point and I'm not gonna require that coronavirus disappear, ‘cause coronavirus existed before Covid. I’m not even gonna require that Covid-19 fully disappear. I just want to get to a spot where we can be more okay with it, you know. If it has to end up as a common cold sort of thing, that's a win in my book. I'll take it. I'm just -- I'm so ready. Please, I'm begging you, Covid. But anyway, yea, hope you guys are still staying safe out there, and I wish you the best this week.
Today I want to talk about ankles and the importance of quality ankles. Six years ago I was going to physical therapy for back issues and I was doing really well with it. And I was almost done and it was November that we had had a little snow, some snow, and I went to park at the parking lot of the physical therapy, parked my car, got out of my car, when I went to walk up to the building. I fell and I didn't know, but there was black ice there and I landed on my ankle. So, my foot was going the wrong way, and there was a bone come out the other way. It was really bad. And so I laid there for a while until ambulance came. But anyways, I had a trimalleolar fracture and that's the worst fracture you can have for an ankle, but I went to William Beaumont Hospital, they relocated the bone, and then a week later, after the swelling went down, I had surgery and the doctor put in a plate and eight screws, and a stabilizing bar. So, I couldn't walk at all for three months. I couldn't step that foot couldn't step down on the ground. The doctor told me that I had to pretend there was live ants at the bottom of my feet. And those ants better stay alive for those three months.So I did it. I was cooped up in my house in a wheelchair for three months and eventually had stitches out. I had have another surgery to take the stabilizer bar out. But long story short, I was able to walk again. Of course, I had to have physical therapy and it took probably a year and half to be able to really walk right, as right as I walk again.
“In the 1920s, King Tut’s tomb was finally opened. The ancient Egyptians are known for burying people with possessions that they could carry with them into the afterlife. What is something that you would like to take with you throughout your life and into a possible afterlife?” I think the one thing that I would really like to take with me, throughout my life and into a possible afterlife, is my family, specifically my father, my mother, and my sister. Just because I can't imagine what my life would be without them. They -- I'm the person I am today because of them, you know, the way they raised me, the way they inspire me, my dreams, everything comes from them and I think my biggest fear is losing them. So if I could take them with me throughout my life and into the possible afterlife, that would be -- I would consider myself the luckiest person on Earth. Wow, I’m choking up. Okay. That was a very emotional, emotional question.
A local headline that I found in my email, the Board of Commissioners and what else some sort of elected officials have made the health department devoted to essentially, defund a lot of the programs and have them as a low priority. Not sure what the exact terminology was but just not track Covid numbers, not put out recommendations and that sort of thing. And I just find it infuriating living in a low socio-economic area where people depend on the health department for vaccinations and information and guidance. Asking them not to essentially by not giving them as much money is infuriating. It's just really sad. I don't, I don't know how they expect to come out of this on a good note if we're not acknowledging, the problem.