Happy 2021, everybody! I’m cheered-up to know that it’s a new year, with fresh possibilities. But you know that I have to be honest about expectations, even when that makes me a bit of a Debbie Downer.

thumbnail_image0I don’t want to take hope away from anyone, because hope is often all we have, but please just realize that even though it’s finally 2021, we still have an uber-difficult row to hoe currently and ahead of us. So please do not let up your diligence to help get rid of the virus and keep us all safe.

2020 was unprecedented in most of our lifetimes. Who could have ever imagined we’d go through, and still be going through, something as heinous as the coronavirus? (Well, actually, the Obama administration did—they handed-down the whole playbook to fight it, and then Orange Hitler and his cohorts threw it out. Great move. Not.)

Screen Shot 2021-01-02 at 1.23.27 PMJanuary is usually the month I most look forward to all year. Not only do I get to celebrate my January 14th birthday in a big way, but there are always fabulous events right off the bat—award shows, gifting suites, opening nights, you name it. But this year, I have only sadness and apprehension right now. I’m so worried about all of us. We need to all hunker down right now and get rid of this virus. But that can be accomplished only if every single one of us follows the rules. It doesn’t help at all to see not only regular idiots do the wrong things constantly, but the celebrities who feel it’s okay for them to jet here and there, and be with groups of pals outside their households. What is wrong with these people??? Did they all fail elementary school, where we’re correctly taught that listening to the people in charge, and helping others, are of paramount importance???

So let’s hope that 2021 is a million times better than the previous year was! But, as I stated above, that can happen only if every single one of us does the right things—wear masks, stay away from others, don’t travel or gather (even for my January 14th birthday,) and stay the frig home!!!

Screen Shot 2021-01-02 at 1.23.38 PMAnd for the many of us who still do have some blessings to count, (which I truly hope is all of you reading this,) let’s focus on doing that, to alleviate our collective depression, even a little bit.

And here’s some interesting news that might help us now–this is really the start of a new decade, even though many unaware people thought it began in 2020. Here’s the explanation of why 2021, rather than 2020, is the beginning of a new decade: 1 through 10 is one decade, 11 through 20 is another decade, and 21 through 30 is another, and so on. So the end of the previous decade was December 31, 2020, not 2019. So good riddance to not just last year, but the entire decade!

I wish all of you a very Happy New Year. Now let’s get going and make it so!


1 Comment

  1. Barbara Stewart on

    Welcome not only to a new year, but to a new decade. Take two fingers and through them say “tuuh tuuh” just like Nana used to say, and goodbye 2020; you’re gone and we won’t miss you. But to everyone else, a happy, healthy 2021.

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