Six Feet | Serena Shortridge May 4th, 2020 words and photos by Ilenia Pezzaniti Between two towering trees in Highland Square, a hammock lay strung and sagging. Artist Serena Shortridge, 21, was lying inside, reading a book. Serena spends a lot of time doing her own thing and though she hasn’t been deeply impacted by the current pandemic and its circumstances, she’s still aware of the everyday shift it’s caused, “I’m a very introverted person so I have a lot of hobbies to put my time into. But just the loss of routine, I guess, and normalcy, in some aspects can kind of wear on you, you know?” she says. Get The Devil Strip in your inbox! By submitting your email address, you agree to receive biweekly newsletters from The Devil Strip. We’ll never spam you. Use the unsubscribe link in those emails to opt out at any time. Processing… Success! You’re on the list. Whoops! There was an error and we couldn’t process your subscription. Please reload the page and try again. Serena’s a student and didn’t have a job to lose at the time that Governor DeWine’s mandatory lockdown commenced, but the people in her life have had different experiences, “A lot of my friends right now are out of jobs, so I know that’s super stressful. Like my roommate right now- she works at a bakery and they’re closed down right now. I’ve just been watching it have a lot of effect on people I know in my personal life. I go to Akron for school and we’re doing online classes until the end of the semester so that’s pretty weird, too,” she says. Read more: Six Feet | Anna YohoSix Feet | Tiffany RoperSix Feet | Danny Hamilton In March, Akron businesses were forced to close their doors, some not knowing if they are ever going to reopen. Many are able to do curbside pickup and while it may not be enough to keep some of the businesses afloat until the lockdown is lifted, the surrounding community has been ordering food and drinks to go to show their support. Serena admires the comradery of her community. “In certain aspects, it’s a kind of a ‘we’re all in this together’ kind of feeling, you know, so that’s kind of nice. I’ve also seen the community pull together and try to save Angel Falls for a bit. People were donating money. In some ways I think it’s cool to see the community come together and try to make things happen for the businesses,” she says. Ilenia Pezzaniti is a multimedia storyteller and artist living in Highland Square. Tell your friends:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.