Happy 21st

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Happy 21st

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A person’s 21st birthday (whilst not as big a deal in Australia as other countries) is still considered an important milestone. I, like many other people in Melbourne, had the pleasure of experiencing my 21st birthday in lockdown. Friends were not invited. Family could not visit. Instead, I spent the day at home with only myself, my sister and my dog. I feel like this picture accurately represents what the time was like. Dead. Not literally, of course, but life had grinded to a halt during this period. And yet, that day was one of my happiest. Maybe because it gave an excuse for people to contact me. A theme I think runs through a lot of the pandemic. Because we could not meet physically, social interaction through technology became a lot more prevalent. And who doesn’t love being sent cupcakes?

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This is a photograph of a vase filled with dying flowers and a helium balloon with "21" on it. It is in my bedroom in Melbourne.

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This item was submitted on November 4, 2020 by Alyssa Morgan using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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