By Alexis Whiteford |
I love my family dearly, but being stuck with them for a month has made me wonder who else I would want to be quarantined with. For me, there are two obvious answers. The first obvious answer is Jesus but I won’t include Him in the list because He’s the answer to everything and I know I will see him one day. The second would be Dana Perino who was press secretary for George W. Bush. Because she is still alive, there is still hope I will one day meet her.
This list contains people who have since passed and are real. No matter how much I want to meet the Fellowship from the Lord of the Rings, I decided that this list can’t include my favorite fictional characters. In no particular order, here is my list of people I would like to be quarantined with.
Growing up, I had an alphabet book that gave an important woman from history with each letter of the alphabet. Abigail Adams was the first one. I remember reading about her help with the American Revolution and admired her melting her silverware for bullets. In school, we read her letters to her husband John Adams and her arguing to “remember the ladies” when creating the new government and advocated for women’s rights. When people think of the American Revolution, they think of the Founding Fathers but I don’t want to forget one of the women who helped shape this nation. Hearing the tales of the American Revolution would be one of the best ways to pass time during quarantine.
Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I have read several of her novels and look forward to reading the others I haven’t read yet. I am proud to admit I am in a group chat devoted to her work and have even attended a Jane Austen garden party. When I first read Pride and Prejudice, I was entranced with the writing and the characters. I admired the wit and banter between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I would love to have a conversation with the creator of the clever dialogue and receive advice on how to meet my own Mr. Darcy.
Amelia Earhart flew to new heights both literally and figuratively. She broke records and barriers for women all around the world. She was truly a pioneer for her time. Growing up, I read stories of her courage and adventures. Sadly, she disappeared one day and I would love to hear the answer and what happened to make this mystery.. Also, what would be a better quarantine break than flying around with Earhart?
Hemingway is another author I enjoy reading. A Farewell to Arms has everything from intense action scenes, beautiful writing, and a heartbreaking romance. For me it was one of those books you couldn’t wait to finish to hear the rest of the story but also dreaded finishing because it meant it was over. He had an exciting life and I would love to learn about his adventures. He was also part of the Lost Generation, which is a group of writers I am fascinated by. I would like to hear his stories of Paris in the 1920’s and the other authors and artists of that time. While I would love to meet him, I don’t know if I’d last the whole quarantine with him. My Baptist school probably wouldn’t approve of his drinking habits. He said he “drinks to make people more interesting” and hanging out with me he would probably need a lot.
Theodore Roosevelt is my favorite president. I have read many stories and have seen several documentaries about his life. He had a full and adventurous life. He was a Rough Rider, explored the wilderness, served within the government, and was President. He also delivered the “Man in the Arena” speech which is my favorite speech and an inspiration in my life. There would never be a dull moment while quarantining with him.
Tolkien completely changed and shaped modern fantasy. Many stories would not exist if it was not for Tolkien. He made a world with a history, languages, and many species. I read a biography of him once and loved learning about his exciting life. Being able to sit down and talk to someone so creative would be an engaging conversation. Hopefully, C.S. Lewis could stop by as well.
One of my favorite movies is Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I love classic movies because of this, Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses. I’ve read stories about how she held herself with grace and poise and this is something that seems to be fading in recent times. She’s known for being a wonderful actress but she was also a caring person. During World War II, her mother and her struggled to stay alive, but as a young dancer, she still performed to raise money for the Dutch Resistance Movement against the Nazi occupation. After she finished acting, she devoted her life to humanitarian work. Her compassion and personality is admirable and is something I would love to learn more about and emulate. I also am a horrible actress so I could use some pointers.
I have always admired Jackie Robinson for his resilience and his legendary story of integrating baseball. My third grade teacher Mrs. Robinson was obsessed with baseball and her favorite team is the Dodgers. I heard of Jackie Robinson but never knew much about him until we read a short story about him in class. To this day, I remember the story about Pee Wee Reese throwing his arm over Robinson’s shoulder as a historic gesture of friendship. Researching Robinson more just increased my interest and admiration for him and I would love to be able to have a conversation with such an incredible person.
“Born on the mountain tops of Tennessee” was the intro to Disney’s Davy Crockett movies and I would often watch them in my childhood. My brothers and I loved the movies, but as I got older, I realized what an incredible life he had. Crockett was a true pioneer in his early life, served in the government and bravely fought at the Alamo. I may not be from Texas, but Texans love to share their history so it’s always nice when I can add to their story with a character like Davy Crockett. Many people would think it was weird I was going to school in Texas so I would go back to his quote “you may all go to hell, I’m going to Texas”. I am a huge fan of history and I am sure I could spend hours asking him questions about his life and the time he lived.
While I never had the pleasure of meeting my great-grandma, I felt I should add her to the list. I grew up hearing amazing stories about her and her life. My middle name is Clara after her and I have been told I inherited many of her traits. With all the stories and memories I’ve been told, I feel like I have met her. I would love to actually be able to have a conversation with her and quarantine would be a perfect time to talk. She had a great sense of humor, quick wit, and was a great cook. What more do you want during quarantine?