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Happy New Year!

The sad expression on this woman’s face doesn’t exactly match the image of the Roaring Twenties I was taught back in the day. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Well, that’s a wrap on 2020. Someone on Twitter commented on how living through the pandemic made them understand the roughly decade-long party that broke out in the Roaring Twenties after WWI and the 1918-19 influenza epidemic.

Similarly, I have a new appreciation for the complex layers of emotion lurking in pictures like this one:

Holiday card featuring a vintage photo of the saddest flapper I have ever seen. (Via Pinterest, of course)

Those eyes. She’s trying so hard to put the horrors of 1918 behind her, but can’t quite yet.

Like this sad flapper, I am greeting 2021 with a heartfelt plea that the vaccine will be safe, effective, and distributed both efficiently and equitably; that folks who have lost their jobs can return to work safely soon; that the small businesses that give our world such interest and character will survive; that our frontline workers can get a much needed paid vacation; that we can see my beloved and dearly missed extended family and friends in person again without risking their health or ours in the process; and that all of us will remember how to live as a community of caring and capable neighbors.

Fingers crossed.

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