A Friend’s Story

Mason Conzemius, Journalism Student

I sat down with my friend Xander for the first time in a while, and we talked about what’s been going on in our lives. He had a small window of time open, so I was able to interview him.


“Tell me about yourself,” I asked. “My name is Xander,” he started. “I was born on May 21st 2005. I was born in Geneva, Illinois. I’ve played hockey since I was 3.” 


When I asked how Covid had affected his life, he said “My dad died of covid about 1 month ago.” He didn’t answer in a sad way though, he has had time to think about it, and put it behind him. He continued with “Hockey has slowed down for me since my arena was closed.”


When I asked how it affected his family, I got a similar answer. “My dad died, and I haven’t been able to visit as much.” After his dad died, he started working out to keep his mind off his father’s death. 


I then asked, “What is your current situation?” “My situation hasn’t changed at all,” he said, “the only change is that I wear a mask everywhere.” He then told me he had to go get groceries. So we said our goodbyes and left the call.


Through these hard times, he has seemed to keep himself up on his feet. It’s nice seeing that even through the darkest times, you can still find happiness.