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:
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.