Goodbye, Arrivederci, and Addio 2020!
I think we can all agree that 2020 was a year to remember…or to forget! We had countless opportunities to practice patience, tolerance, acceptance, and gratitude and to trust in science. We had the chance to care as much about our fellow community members as we did ourselves and our families because our lives were inextricably connected. We made sacrifices for the greater good. Not nearly like the sacrifices made by the Greatest Generation but with some similarities, particularly the need to come together as a global community to eradicate a common enemy. In this case, a virus. In the words of my Dad (RIP), the challenges of 2020 gave us character-building opportunities. Some folks maximized those opportunities. Did you? If not, there’s still time!
As we enter 2021, many of these same character-building opportunities remain despite our pandemic fatigue. Hang in there, because I think the real test is now. As we’re on the cusp of moving out of this crisis, stay in the game and keep taking care of your health while holding care in your heart for others in your community. Let’s create a present in which future historians claim how compassion, action, foresight, and science beat a deadly virus. Let’s make 2021 the year we continue to work together to solve this collective problem so that we can get back to living our lives fully.
So, Hello, Ciao, and Salve 2021!
This is our 14th Annual Photo Montage and pretty much sums up our year. It started with a lot of activity and visitors and then came to a screeching halt in March. I’m not a person who gets bored (tho I’m not opposed to the idea), so I kept myself as busy as ever. All three of us did okay – some days better than others. The nearly two months of lockdown were a little tough but we managed. Stella thrived given she spent every single minute of every single day of the pandemic with us. Besides renting a car and making a mad dash move to the town next door and zipping over to France so Scott could have a routine medical procedure, we didn’t go anywhere after February.
When the restrictions loosened up, we took walks and bike rides exploring our little section of the Ligurian coast. I grew a garden on the balcony and made some new insect friends. Our big news for 2020 was Ta-Da! We became grandparents! It was heartbreaking to not visit our new grandson, Jackson, yet we feel super fortunate to have the technology that kept us all connected. Jackson reminds me that the smile of a baby is the antidote for all worries.
2021 Wishes for Us All
My big goal for 2021 is to use any free time immersing myself in creative writing, so don’t be too surprised if I disappear this year. I have a bunch of creative projects I’d like to explore.
Enjoy the video and one another. If you can, use some of the extra time and space to reflect, tackle neglected projects, and dust off those old new year’s resolutions that have been patiently waiting for your attention. Also, if you’re able, donate to local organizations that provide food and shelter, because there are those among us who lost everything this year – loved ones, homes in fires or hurricanes, and jobs. Local businesses need help staying afloat too. Even if the business is unable to serve customers at this time, inquire about purchasing gift certificates for future use. A little support goes a long way. ?
Here’s wishing us all a better, brighter, lighter, happier, and healthier 2021.
My bud, Jason Mraz, sums up my 2021 hopes. I want you to have it all. Many thanks to Anna C. for sharing this with me. ?