Yes folks – it’s that time again where I humbly offer another year end wrap-up in the poetic stylings of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”!
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin!
‘Twas a year to remember, that’s quite the safe bet!
But largely a year I should like to forget.
This annum could have dealt us joy, fun and mirth;
Instead, a dread virus spread over the Earth…
And as we inch toward getting out of the woods,
It’s time to recount this year’s bads – and its goods.
Things did start for me with a great deal of promise!
(Then changed without warning – thanks loads, Nostradamus…)
In mid-January, was so pleased to meet
With my niece and her kids as a post-Christmas treat!
Before life as we knew it began to unravel,
I got to do my favorite thing – that’s to travel!
Flew to Colorado and met with dear pals
To watch hockey outdoors – four cold but happy gals!
Our own LA Kings met the Avs who played host;
The Kings won the night, I’m quite happy to boast!
Still, I’d heard of a virus now moving at will,
And this view at the airport gave me a real chill…
As travelers beneath were departing and loading,
I witnessed the scene with a sense of foreboding.
Even so, took dear Mum to a local Kings game –
Then quite soon thereafter, lock-down orders came…
Such a range of emotions round my head would swarm,
As I struggled to reckon with my life’s “new norm”.
Stuck at home, did much binge-watching ‘mongst other things;
Of crowns, Baby Grogu and, yeah, tiger kings.
Tried to sort through my clutter – an overdue deed;
In the end, moved to mutter: “All these padlocks I need..?”
By distancing rules, I would strictly abide;
And all social gatherings would take place outside!
A front lawn band concert did my mood enliven;
And caught a friend’s film at an impromptu drive-in!
But even as options for outings did dwindle,
Online, lots of friendships I got to rekindle!
Have never been one of those tech-savvy dames –
But can now Zoom with pals to connect and play games!
Am learning the use of my tablet at last,
To make sure milestones in friends’ lives don’t slip past!
Like in chats, I’ve sung out “Happy Birthday” with zeal!
Thanksgiving was virtual – the calories real…
Watched a grand-niece be baptized which brought me great joy!
And called “Yasher Koach!” to a Bar Mitzvah boy!
Yes, the virus did many a fine time erase;
Yet I’ve still been blessed with these moments of grace!
Even so, to be with loved ones, live, face to face,
To hug and to kiss them – that naught can replace!
Dearest Mum just turned 90! No friends could be there…
Yet they stepped up, regardless, to show her they care!
With safety in mind, since there could be no meeting,
I asked if they might send a note with a greeting.
Friends mailed off their wishes – we were inundated
With tons of kind words, and dear Mum was elated!
And it had been our custom to take to the road,
To make coastal Cambria Mum’s b-day abode.
But knowing we’d have to give travels short shrift,
Friend Pam painted our spot – a remarkable gift!
When I last hung at Mum’s place, the yard leaves were green;
They’re all yellowing now – and Mum still can’t be seen…
She phones me up daily – that’s how it must be;
We chat and we laugh, and then she reads to me.
So each night’s become a grand book reading fest –
Proof that sometimes the simplest things can be the best!
I wonder (quite oft since I’ve more time at leisure) –
Will pre- and post-COVID be our life’s new measure?
My mind wanders away (as it so often does)
Into musing if life can be just as it was.
I’d love “the good old days” in full to regain;
Yet there may be new habits I should retain!
Like keeping in touch though life quickens its pace;
And not missing a chance to bestow an embrace!
To make sure I don’t tend to my needs alone;
And try walking in other shoes, not just my own.
As this “year like no other” is finally done,
I’ll hope for good things in 20-21!
Yes, we’ll meet again, don’t know when yet or where;
But let’s all get there healthy – it’s my solemn prayer!
My thanks to all – and best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!