2020 has hardly been a year to remember, but it has been a year we will never forget. Our usual holiday celebrations have been downsized. Zoom calls have to substitute for hugs and kisses—not a good bargain. Many people have less money to spend on presents and many are worried about the future. And worst of all, many families will be missing people who were part of the celebration last year.
There have been many bad years in the past. Our parents and grandparents lived through New Year observances that came in the midst of wars, depressions, and plagues. During the mid-nineteenth century, Christina Rossetti described the way she felt about an incoming year.
New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year leaves me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet farther on my road to-day
God willing, farther on my way.
Let us all hope that 2021 will find us farther on our roads. With a new administration in Washington, a Brexit agreement in Europe, and several new vaccines giving us some relief from the pandemic, we can hope to move into a new period of peace and healing throughout the world.
Wishing Everyone a Hopeful New Year!
3 thoughts on “2020–A Year We May Want to Forget”
I love Christina Rossetti; thank you for sharing her work. This post made me smile. May we all smile more in the new year!
Yes, I hope we will all be able to smile more. Thank yuou!
Amen to that! As always, your post eloquently expresses profound feelings. There has been much to sadden us in 2020, but we WILL look forward to 2021 with hope and optimism. The Christina Rossetti quotation is new to me and PERFECT for this New Year’s. Thank you!