We were all ready to see the past year of 2020 come to an end. An even year that was odd in many ways. A pandemic raged around the world and the President of the United States was impeached. 2021: The pandemic is still with us and the President of the United States is impeached…again. Wait! Deja vu will not overtake us! There is hope: democracy survived and vaccines are arriving.
Meanwhile, back on the coast. Odds and ends of life.
This year I will not be volunteering again for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) through United Way of the Coastal Bend. I started out last year in January but COVID finally shut it down. This year it started up again in February with different arrangements, again because of COVID. Clients will be able to leave their documents of copies of documents in a sealed envelope. Then they will be called back in about a week to review the return, make any changes or corrections and sign the return for filing. I will really miss volunteering this year, but I thought it best to avoid additional exposure. Maybe next year.
Good news on the exposure side. Husband and I had been on a waiting list for a COVID vaccine through our doctor’s office as the practice is affiliated with a large hospital. Monday we were called in for our first dose of Pfizer and scheduled for our second one in three weeks; we are in Tier 2. It was an easy process. No side effects so far.
Yes, 2020 was a rough year as the pandemic affected us all in some way. For many the financial impact made it even worse compounded by the uncertainty of when it would end. Deaths continued as Americans debated the merits of in-person voting versus mail- in ballots to elect a president. Schools opened and closed.
And life went on with love, laughter and loss. Babies were born and couples married. New careers were launched. I have learned not to take anything for granted. Each day is a gift. The seasons came and went as usual while we modified holidays and activities to include masks and social distancing. Yes, we are still a divided country in many ways, but surely there is more that unites us. We will get through this.
New Orleans cancelled Mardi Gras parades this year because of the pandemic. But you cannot stop the spirit of NOLA. Residents were encouraged to transform their homes into floats. There is a book, Porches on Parade, How House Floats Saved Mardi Gras.
Laissez les bon temps rouler – Let the good times roll!
Below is a link for the book. A portion of the proceed will be donated to local artist funds. If you scroll down, you can see some of the houses.