Emma Cockrum was in her second week of quarantine when her father discovered an old bike behind their house.
And that bicycle turned out to be a gift: With school closed at East Ascension High School in Gonzales, La., bike riding for Emma became a way of coping with the loss of the rest of her senior year.
“I would say the first two to three weeks we were out of school, I was not the most fun person to be around. I was a ticking time bomb,” says the 18-year-old, who’s headed to Northwestern State University in the fall. “One minute, I would be fine and dandy, and then the next minute, I would be crying.”