Two students DYI colorful rock garden
Bedford County sophomores and cousins Sophie Miller and Makenna Lamb recently gave new meaning to the phrase: “Bloom where you’re planted.” While being out of school and quarantined at home, due to COVID-19, they energetically cleaned out a flower bed at Sophie’s house; they have since recreated a colorful rock pathway, which was hidden underneath the dirt and grass.
The two high school students admit it has to all sound rather poetic. They believe their teachers would be proud.
Despite the fact their project first stemmed from boredom, they note in the end it was really something they believed would bring some happiness and color into the lives of their families and friends. The students had noticed some rainbow posts on Facebook and some other chalk posts on social media and decided that they needed to DYI their own.
Sophie recalls, “Once we did the chalk mural, we decided to do another project. While working in my mom’s flower garden we found an old rock path and decided to clean it up and paint all the rocks different colors. We shared it on Facebook and had no idea so many people would find joy in our fun.”
The two high school athletes say they welcomed the physical exercise outdoors after being stuck at home. Bedford County schools were closed in early March, due to COVID-19, and it was recently announced by Gov. Bill Lee that students will not be returning to classes for the rest of the academic year.
For these two teens who are involved in church and lots of school and social activities, well, that’s a bummer. Sophie attends Shelbyville Central High School while Makenna, who lives in Bell Buckle, attends Cascade High.
Sophie reveals how going so long without seeing her coaches, teammates, dance instructors and fellow dancers, and friends has been a rough experience as she was used to interacting with those groups socially every day.
“Even though we text, call, and video talk, it’s just not the same as being able to interact in person with friends and family,” shares Sophie. “School is harder without face to face instruction as well.”
Makenna adds, “Being quarantined has definitely been a different experience. Having to stay away from the people that mean the most to me is so hard. I’ll never take friends and family for granted again. I never thought I’d have to go more than a month without playing a sport but since this quarantine I’ve gotten a totally new perspective of what life would be without sports. It’s not something I want to have to experience again.”