Goodbye 2020

So Glad to See You Go

Patricia Rosa

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Photo by Vlad Kiselov on Unsplash

You brought a year that no one will ever forget, nor no one wants to remember. Dumpster fire after dumpster fire ignited and lit up the world.

In March the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. We learned ‘social distancing’ and how to wash our hands. Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and Lysol spray flew off the shelves.

Quarantine and shutdowns

Six feet apart wasn’t good enough, first schools closed then non-essential businesses followed. People were told to quarantine in their homes.

Restaurants pivoted to take out only. Grocery stores limited their hours so they could refill the shelves that panicked shoppers bought out every day. And toilet paper? Let’s hope you could find some.

Remote work and online school paved the way for virtual meetings. Meetings are still a waste of time, but virtual meetings were a necessity. Zoom classes and Livestream replaced in-person live events. And Esty shops learned how to make masks.

Essential business continued to work, but we couldn’t wait to rush home to our quarantined families. We binge-watched Netflix, and Law and Order Marathons — reruns were all that we had left.

We watched the Coronavirus Task Force, and the John Hopkins’ Dashboard, as the positivity rate and the death toll rise. Month by month, you knew someone who had Covid-19, or eventually, you tested positive.

Weddings, holidays, and funerals were limited even as restrictions lessened, businesses, and states re-opened. 2020 Graduates weren’t deprived as graduation ceremonies took place in driveways as family and friends drove by to celebrate.

Summertime we were hopeful the virus would be under control, but super spreader beaches dashed our hopes. States mandated masks for all, yet the virus continued to spread.

And we wait.

Who could forget the long lines? The image of the car after car lined up at the food banks in San Antonio. Week after week, they waited and received the generosity of others.

This year taught us to slow down and wait.

One thing we learned, was to wait. Wait in lines with directional arrows…

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Patricia Rosa

Blending boomer work ethics in an online world. Editor of The Workplace Journal and the Pet Cafe