Mrs. Nesbitt died in her sleep. A blizzard hit while Matt was away. It's Christmas time, it's a way happier time. People start to become ill in January. They get electricity for the first time in a while. It's Miranda's birthday.
In times of struggle, optimism precipitates perseverance. Miranda wrote in her journal that next year on her birthday, she will read the journal to remember what it was like. “But today, when I am 17 and warm and well fed, I’m keeping this journal for myself so I can always remember life as we knew it, life as we know it, for a time when I am no longer in the sunroom.” She even says that she will be doing well. I think it’s so effective because she has a set goal.
When Miranda’s family becomes ill, she has to become more responsible. When Mrs. Nesbitt died, Miranda said that she started finding joy in the smaller things. The lack of food has motivated Jonny to start eating one meal a day. The lack of food made the city bring in more food. The family is now able to eat microwavable food.