"When It's All Over" - Looking Forward

The other day, my friends shared a song their 24 year old son Charlie had written while isolating in his NYC apartment.  It's called "When It's All Over" and for the first time in quite a while, I found myself looking forward beyond the next hour, the next day.  And so I shared the song with my students and asked them to contribute a verse to the song.  I had already written my version, and I found it cathartic.  Below, I compiled some of their thoughts and hopes looking forward "When It's All Over."  I'm also including a link to Charlie's original song that inspired us.   

When It's All Over by Charlie DiGiovanna

 

WHEN IT'S ALL OVER - MHS Students

 

When it’s all over

I’ll enjoy the sounds of my friends and I laughing

When it’s all over

I’ll remember the shows of my sister dancing

When it’s all over

I’ll miss my mom baking nightly.

When it’s all over

I’ll never take “Just stay home” lightly. Grace

When it’s all over

I’ll be able to go out with friends

When it’s all over

I’ll enjoy playing volleyball again. Veronica

When it’s all over
I will appreciate the education I receive
When it’s all over
I will learn how to get back on my feet
When it’s all over
I’m gonna still follow the law of 6 feet
When it’s all over
I will go back to doing me.  Brianna

When it’s all over

Crystal lakes I’ll swim, run on sandy bays

When it’s all over

Wistful of times within, staying up for days.  MaryEllen

When it’s all over

I’ll have a chance to go out

When it’s all over

I can ask my friends to hang out

When it’s all over

I can go see my family

When it’s all over

I can finally live happily.  Bryan

When it’s all over,

We can forget about the 6 foot rule. 

When it’s all over,

We can see our friends and go back to school.  Kate and Olivia

When it’s all over

I’ll enjoy the company of my friends

When it’s all over

I’ll dance outside till the day ends. Hayley

When it’s all over

I’ll have dinner with my family

When it’s all over

I’ll remember this as just a fantasy. Kayla

When it’s all over

I’ll play soccer at the field with my friends

When it’s all over

I’ll be out with a group of more than ten

When it’s all over

I’ll go to my favorite place and eat

When it’s all over

I’ll never have to think exactly how far is six feet. Chris

When its all over

I'll play and march with the marching band again.

When it's all over

I'll play and laugh with my friends I'm certain. Justin

When it’s all over

I will smell low tide, and feel thrilling ride!

When it’s all over

I’ll play volleyball, and go to the mall!  Maggie

When it's all over

I will see people's faces, and not masks.

When it's all over

I can fall asleep and forget the past. Lucas

When it's all over,

The activities and sports will begin.

When it's all over,

My expression will be marked with a grin. Matthew

When it’s all over 

I’ll be skating with my friends on the streets

When it’s all over 

I’ll enjoy summer and go to the beach 

When it’s all over 

I’ll appreciate the word a lot better.  Tom

When it’s all over

I’ll take more trips to Jersey

When it’s all over

I’ll be handed the car key

When it’s all over

I’ll spend my time with my sweet pea

When it’s all over

I’ll get back to bein’ free.  John

When it’s all over

I’ll see the green grass, and the white soccer nets.

When it’s all over,

I’ll be on the field tired and full of sweat.  Jad

When it’s all over

I’m gonna go home do homework and eat

When it’s all over

I’m gonna play my music and feel the beat

When it’s all over

I will be relieved of my irritation

When it’s all over

We will be ready for graduation.  Matt

When it's all over,

Let’s go to the city by train,

When it's all over,

Let’s go play golf in the rain,

When it’s all over,

Let’s go play karaoke in the car,

When it’s all over,

We’ll sing like popstars.  Jillian

When it’s all over
I’ll look forward to Friday nights
When it’s all over
Going to the movies will feel just right. 
Claire

When it’s all over

I’ll enjoy the sound of the beach waves crashing

When it’s all over

I’ll see my friends in the pool splashing.  Isabella

When it’s all over

I’ll remember all the tv shows

When it’s all over

All I’ll want to do is hang out with my bros.  Eddie

When it’s all over

The Spring days will return with joy again

When it’s all over

We’ll all feel born again and slain the pain

When it’s all over

Life and souls, once more invigorated

When it’s all over

We’ll forever be alleviated.  Wendel

When it’s all over

I want to sit and eat at restaurants

When it’s all over

I want to give my friends the biggest hugs

When it’s all over

I want to enjoy school more than I did

When it’s all over

I want to go outside and enjoy life. Aizah

When it’s all over

I’ll enjoy swimming in the ocean

When it’s all over

I’ll enjoy conversations at restaurants. Amber

When it’s all over,

I’ll miss all o’ the time I had to game

When it’s all over,

I’ll never again call the classroom lame.  Shane

When it's all over,

We'll have impromptu parties for sixteen.

When it's all over,

I'll never utter the word quarantine.

When it's all over,

I'll go get a Reese's at 9pm.

When it's all over,

I'll never peek and count frozen food again.

When it's all over,

I'll enjoy the sound of an air-o-plane.

When it's all over,

I'll remember what drives my wife insane.

When it's all over,I'll hug my sisters and my two bros.

When it's all over,

Hop on a train just to see where it goes.

When it's all over,

I'll enjoy a stop-by with Jean and Jim.

When it's all over,

I'll go to the Village just on a whim.

When it's all over,

Never count how many squares of TP.

When it's all over,

I'm gonna smile at every nurse I see.  Drew Smith

 

I'm in my 35th year of teaching, 34 of them in Mineola.  I teach 8th and 11th grade English at the high school, and I am the adviser for the Question Mark, the high school newspaper.  I also am assistant director for the spring musical and the adviser for the Creative Writing Club. 

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