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"Mom, Dad, I Don't Want to Go Back"Deborah Porter
It’s almost 2021, which means it’s time for my annual New Year’s resolutions piece.
I certainly don’t have to tell you that this past year was one big dumpster fire. Kobe Bryant’s death, the wildfires, the killing of George Floyd, and too many other bad things to list. Oh yeah, and a global pandemic.
I think I safely can say that no one on the planet will be sorry to say goodbye to 2020. Really. Absolutely. No one.
On a personal note, my oldest son got married in my backyard over the summer which means I officially gained a daughter. It was a lovely and meaningful event, despite the pandemic and only a handful of people in attendance. I even wrote a book about it, which was a huge deal for me.
And during the initial lockdown I got to spend a lot of time with my immediate family which was (mostly) nice. (Except for the meals and the mess and the laundry.) I’m guessing all of you can find at least one personal silver lining among all the black clouds.
On a more global level, there was an asteroid that passed by earth in early November. I still can’t believe it didn’t hit us — I mean 2020 really was the year it would happen if there ever were such a year. In addition, those murder hornets we kept hearing about didn’t amount to much.
Here’s another awesome thing that happened: dogs and cats by the score were adopted and shelters emptied, as so many us found time in our work-from-home lives and space in our hearts for furry support and unconditional love.
I’m going to take all of these occurrences as signs that things are looking up!
In addition, and this one is HUGE, the vaccines are here and we've begun the process of vaccinating our population, beginning with frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. YAY! Although it will take a while to reach most of us, at least we know it’s coming. Which means there is a light at the end of this pretty long COVID-19 tunnel.
In the interim, while I am still stuck at home during what is looking to be a fairly bleak winter, there are plenty of things I can work on. I may have to write another list for when the pandemic ends but for the immediate months, here are a few of my resolutions (in no particular order of importance).
So there you have it; my New Year’s resolutions, the pandemic version.
I’m guessing I'll spend New Year’s Eve like I do most nights these days — either on my couch or in my bed watching TV. Whatever your plans are, I hope you are safe.
Puzzle photo courtesy of the author.
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