It’s hard to believe in 3 days it will be 2021. I expect memories of 2020 will continue to have meaning, and may even evoke strong emotion for decades to come. Obviously, this year has brought a lot of people a lot of pain and suffering, but it has also brought some good things.
My grandmother died in 2020. She was born in 1920 and celebrated her 100th birthday via zoom. She didn’t die of COVID, but loosing her still gives me heightened empathy for all the people who did loose loved ones to this disease.
2020 also brought social distancing, working from home, and schooling from home. My family opted to forgo online school and embrace homeschool instead. Getting to teach my sons and watch them discover new interests and curiosities has been a hidden blessing during this stressful year.
New vaccines and other scientific breakthroughs give the start of 2021 a hopeful feeling. But the year ahead wont be a complete return to the before times. Getting everyone inoculated will take time. And beyond that, I hope we can hold on to some of the blessings this time of slowing down and forced togetherness has given.
For my little family, we’re already having lots of discussions about the fall of 2021. At least right now, all signs are pointing to continuing to homeschool, even when avoiding the plague isn’t the reason we’re staying home.