Searching online for something, I came across this. It's a 100 year old magazine cover from the Country Gentleman. I thought it quite appropriate. Exactly what 2020 deserves. Keep reading for a look back, forward, and a little history on New Years.
Just two more days and 2020 is history! Good Riddance, I say. I don't know of anyone who is sorry to see it go. I hope none of you were sick with the virus, or that you lost anyone close to you. Personally, I know several people that had it - two of them with severe cases - but thankfully, all have pulled through. I hope with all my heart that we can get back to 'gathering' at some point and in some fashion this coming year. Family gatherings have been few and far between for most of us, and - odd. Outdoors we can keep our distance; indoors, well, I think we each have dealt with that a bit differently.
Realistically, I don't have too much hope for the next couple of months, but I am keeping a positive outlook on spring, summer, and fall. There are events I hope to attend, and places I want to go, and people I want to see. I can't wait to say hello - and maybe even share a hug, if we're allowed. It will be good to feel social again.
March was originally the first month in the old Roman calendar, January became the first month of the calendar year around 450 BC. The month of January is named after the Roman god of doors, Janus, because this month is the door into the new year. Janus is also called the two-faced god, supposedly possessing the ability to see the into the past and into the future. Most of us typically look both ways - backwards and forwards - on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. I think there will be a lot more of that this year. Looking back into 2020, I know I will never forget it. What a disaster!
Looking ahead into 2021 I think most of us are doing so with faith, and hope, and expectations of, if not 'normal-as-we-knew-it, at least a 'transition' back to that lovely 'normal'.
May 2021 bring us all a little comfort and a lot of joy!