Like most parents, Alaya’s mom, Shara Horne, suddenly found herself cast into an unfamiliar role – grade-school teacher. So, she came up with a unique assignment: What if Alaya documented the experience of what it’s like to live through a global pandemic on the pages of her diary? Alaya, who is 8 years old, put pen to paper, capturing the roller coaster of emotions each of us has been enduring.- By Mark A. Waligore (Tyson Horne / tyson.horne@ajc.com)