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A Year in Review (2020)

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Writing is my passion. I have an undying thirst and quest in the field of writing. Some eat, drink or use drugs when stressed; I write.

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It easy to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020, so much has transpired until I have no way of knowing what 2021 will bring. The nation encounters a wake of COVID-19 pledging the society, leaving a gloomy economic outlook. Many had to cope with the loss of loved ones, loss of job stability, and eviction. People are looking forward to when they are not obliged to wear a mask and no social distance.

Now that the vaccines available, some hope to live again. During 2020, I endured both hardship and blessing. Some may not understand what I mean by saying 2020 has been beneficial, and the trials prepared me to write it’s been a tolerant year. It has been accepting not; because I suffer. But because I learn to endure. I am saying goodbye to the old year, and declaring farewell to the past is no simple task, but it is vital to move forward.

As we go into the New Year, some may pray to see a significant boost in finding a cure for COVID-19. Please remember we are part of this together. Do your part by washing your hands regularly, wear a face mask, and keeping social distance.

Many hoped coronavirus would mysteriously disappear with the heat. Without question, it did not. Instead, even after days of isolation, the coronavirus spreads like an enormous wildfire in a vast forest.

A good deal of us might question, why is this happening? Although we must avoid the 3 C’s: close contact, close chairs, and crowds, but if you keep physically distancing, you can take the risk even lower.

Now that the year has flown by, it has been one heck of a year. There have been many difficulties to consider in 2020. But what distinguished the obstacles from all others I can summarize in a single word — pandemic. Although 2020 has been the worst year ever, we can choose to think regardless of how the year-been — it up to us to be thankful to go into a New year looking forward to an opportunity to create new beginnings. Let’s take a brief look at the highlights of my twelve months to ensure I do not encounter similar errors going into the New Year.

January: I am bringing the New Year in with what I call Re-Commitments. Re-commitment is a top priority for me because of last year. I did not demand consistency. And for that reason. I am re-committing to things I know will align with my heart, mind, and soul.

I start the year with one thing that I vow to do. And that is tantamount to endure: I recover from an accident on my job. I went through knee surgery and spent most of the month adjust, determine to get healthy.

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After the surgery, my workingmen's compensation refuses to pay me while I was off recovering. It left me stuck between a rock and a hard place, where I had to choose between two equally unpleasant courses of action. One figure out how I will keep a roof over my head. And two fights to generate income while not in the position to care for me.

What assist me and made my life easier; my sister welcomes me into her home. She and my niece took good care of me by cooking and caring for me until I could take care of myself. My niece was very attentive and openly paid attention to what I need from her.

February: I begin the month recovering, but mid-month, I start job searching. God bless me to find a job and start working weeks after searching. Shortly after, I thank my sister and niece for all they have done to help me get back on my feet. I even found a home to go to, and as beneficial as my sister and niece were there, is no place like your own.

My son and I were living in two separate locations. He was an eight-hour trip away, so I called a good friend of mine (Curtis). He agreed to assist me in driving my car to bring him to live with me. Curtis is the guy I can call on in time of need, and he makes himself available to help. I meet Curtis during my journal of recovery to take my life back after losing my job. He has been a blessing in so many ways.

I was so thankful that Curtis agreed to do most of the driving, but this time goes around. The trip proved to be a blessing and a curse. James 3:10, KJV: “Out of the same mouth proceeded blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” This scripture reflects two very different approaches to life. Indicating a person can be a blessing or a curse. He/she is present with an opportunity to decide which to choose.

From the years I have known Curtis. I would think he wants to be a blessing. But that was not the case on this trip. He behaves as if he desired to be a curse. For starters, he drove too fast, road rage flashing the lights, honking the horn, acting like he was saying. “Move, I am trying to get to where I am going, and I need to arrive in a hurry.” If you do not move and get out of my way when you get hit, it not my fault because I did my best to inform and warn you.

Curtis ran red lights and asked me to stop being a back-seat driver to let him drive. I told him to watch his behavior and you in my car; I am the one holding the consequences of your action, and that not okay with me. We made a stop to use the bathroom and gas up. He pulls a disappearing act, leaves me waiting for longer than needed for him with no warning.

When he came to the car, I had enough. Curtis had overstepped all boundaries, and it was time he understood it must stop. It was not just the words that roll off his tongue that were wrong but his overall behavior. I ask Curtis to wait a few minutes before he drives. I explain to him he has to be careful with his words and tone of voice. And not only be cautious with his language but attitude overall. The intentions of his hearts can come through to switch from a blessing to a curse.

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March: A month of abundance that came with many changes. A moment where I purchase furniture for my house and not the kind where a person has to settle when the funds are low. I pick out a beautiful living room set, a gorgeous bedroom set, and a big-screen TV with a stand that made the living room set stand out. I am just so grateful for such a blessing. I am thankful because I was able to pay for the furniture in full.

Shortly after, the nation experiences a shutdown because of COVID-19. The grocery stores took a hit. Peoples were standing in long lines. Items like tissue paper, paper towels, bottled water, Clorox, sanitizer wipes, disinfection spray, bread, meat, and many food items were unable. There were many empty shelves and limited items available. For that reason, there were fights over the product like tissues and bottled water. Shoppers were selfish to purchase too many of the high-demand items. That forced the store managers to put a limit of one or two per item.

Many businesses were closed. Some companies took a big hit that was so severe that they close the doors permanently. Opening stores required occupancy limits. A person stands at the entering exit to keep count of people entering. I remember standing in line waiting for people to leave the grocery store so I can go in and shop.

I was among the massive layoff. It took me a little over a month to get through to apply for unemployment. There was just an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. COVID-19 cases were acute, and the number of deaths worldwide was out of control. Many were angry and crying because of the loss of their loved one to COVID-19.

April: many are still dealing with the effect of the coronavirus. There are various speculations about how a person can catch COVID-19. I know health experts are still researching to learn all they can about the coronavirus. I take precautions by taking my shoes off at the door and putting on house shoes left at the front door before entering.

After coming back to the supermarket run, I change clothes and throw what I wore into the laundry area in a separate laundry hamper. The clothes were covered to be washed separately, just in case they got exposed to COVID-19.

I always want a sewing machine and get to see. Being right on a home during the shutdown, I purchased a sewing machine and spent most of my time searching your tube for tips to practice sewing. The beginning was terrible, but the more I learn about and explore, the better I became. I even invest in fabric and patterns to determine how to sew clothes.

On April 27th, I saw on the news that the Governor was proposing to reopen the business. A day or two after the announcement, many shops open for business May: The coronavirus is at an all-time high, and the effect is hazardous to many. The President announced he believes that COVID-19 would disappear. Many hope it would be, but there is no truth in it vanishing on its own. The public prays that the expert would have researched a way to stop COVID-19 by now, but not yet.

There are articles shared on different websites that people need to share up on food, tissue, sanitizer wipes, disinfection spray, Clorox, and bottled water. Grocery stores have raised the prices of these items as they consider them superior in demand. Rumor predicts in December that there will be a food shortage. And burglary will be at an all-time high as people will break into homes in search of food.

I believe the rumor to be true so. I purchased a gun and got a license to carry it. Also, I went to the gun range to practice making sure I could shoot.

I previously was a police officer years ago and once was good at handling a gun, but that been too many years ago. I want to make sure that the gun works for me, not against me. My license to carry class shows some people purchase guns and think all are required to pull the trigger. That is so far from the truth. A weapon can go against you if you are inexperienced in shooting it.

June: the shutdown is over, but the coronavirus is far from done. My heart hurt to see so many people on television crying over the loss of a loved one. It hurts to hear of death far away, but now the virus has hit close to home. My heart aches in pain from the loss of loved ones. That hurt more than anyone can imagine, but the sad part is thanks to their condition. We could not give a proper home going. Only a few people could be present at the funeral. It was a closed casket, and we could not view the body for the last time.

Although we have no control over COVID-19, and we are not immune to its consequences. After losing three people to COVID-19, I learned it essential to realize that the crisis can have long-term effects on children and their behavior, emotional well-being. The impact of COVID-19 is a lot for an adult to deal with, but it very hard for children and young people to understand the awful emotions it brings

It is common for children and youth to experience a wide range of emotions during COVID-19 uncertain times. However, if the parent knows to assist their children to handle stress and all the death setback COVID-19 causes, they will be better prepared.

July: Is my birth month; it likes any other day to me. The only thing I appreciate is receiving blessings to get a year older. I do not celebrate like many. It is a complete waste of money, and I believe it to be a pagan celebration. Colossians 2:8, KJV share, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” And Matthew 15:3 KJV reads. But he answered and said unto them. Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Jeremiah 10:1-5 KJV Hear ye the word which the Lord speaking unto you, O house of Israel: 2. Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

3. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutting a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. 4. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it moves not.

5. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must need to be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; they cannot do evil. Neither also is it in them to do good. These scriptures share with me not to celebrate. It is a tradition that is vain deceit.

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August: I spend a lot of time inside; the only time I went out was to drive to the curve side for pick up. Or if it was something that needs my immediate attention. I used to receive the delivery to my door, but the delivery person refuses to knock when he/she delivers so, I know when I get it. Sometimes, someone takes my package from my door before I receive it. When I call and complain about not receiving my order, I got the runaround. The customer service agent would say the only delivery available now is to leave the door.

That policy now because of COVID-19, and that is okay. However, what I was trying to bring to the representative attention, I need the delivery person to knock when he/she drops the package at my door. She showed no concern. And I will not allow unconcern to add to my stress level, so I pick up my orders at curbside.

Because I stay in most of the time, I pick up a little more weight than I want. I invest in an exercise machine called three in one. A handy tool I can use to work on my upper and lower area while toning my midsection. It has been a blessing to me. Each morning I ride the bike and; listen to music on my iPhone. It comprises a list of songs to motivate me while I use the machine. After a month of using my exercise machine, I can now fit my clothes without pulling and struggling. I feel better to get rid of the extra weight, and I take vitamin D to help me. I read from the expert that Vitamin D adds what the body lacks from the sunlight.

September: My daughter and grandbabies have reached out to me on messenger. We live stream and talk more this month than we have in a long time. She stated to me. Mom, life is short. The pandemic has taken more lives than anyone care to talk about; we are in a different state, but that does not mean we can not keep in touch and live stream.

She shared with me she was dealing with trying to adapt to homeschooling. I understood it was something new, and it takes time to adjust to it. My daughter is a mother striving to ensures that she can pay the bills. She also had to be committed to change her work schedule to fit educating the children.

Being able to help, I charge winter and summer clothes on my credit card. The Lord also blessed me to charge two coats, two pairs of tennis shoes, and boots, two computers for my grandbabies to my credit card. Although it was a healthy balance, I paid it off the next month. My daughter and I chose not to share with them; I was sending computers. When she got the package, they open the box on the live stream. The looks on their face were priceless.

October: A month of where I stayed home more with much of nothing to do. I quickly became frustrated with the Halloween decorating the few times I went out to the grocery shop. My neighbor had some of the worst evil-looking decoration that was a sight for the eyes. They did not have decorations I was used to seeing, accessories like carving jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, witches, or leprechaun.

I viewed the worst Halloween decoration of all time, a feature like a wrecking ball with a skeleton sitting on it. And it had red sticky fluid over the bones that look like blood, which was disguising. There was a yard that had a tombstone in front of a tree, surrounded by spider webs. Human bones parts all around the tree that look it was changing colors.

The tombstone had a picture of Freddie Krueger on it. And on the tombstone, it says, you next. To make matters worst, I even witness a giant green baby zombie sitting in a yard with red liquid on the body that looks just like blood. It had Dracula-looking teeth and eyes that glow. These lawn displays are too controversial for anyone to have a yard.

November: Normally, I spend Thanksgiving with loves ones, only because of the pandemic, I stayed home and relaxed watching Netflix and Amazon Prime. I found pretty good movies to watch. I am a big Tyler Perry fan; he had a movie out that I had not taken the time to watch Tyler Perry’s Boo 2 A Madea Halloween. It was a crazy movie. I watch it on Amazon Prime, and I love the part where Madea is driving to escape invaders, and her car quit on her. She jumps out of the car, running, yelling, “Help me, Lord. I laugh at so many parts of the movie.

My sister and I talk over the telephone for a while. We even called our dad on the three ways to check on him. It disappointed him because Thanksgiving is the one day; he looks forward to us visiting as we live far from him, but he understood we could not visit because of the pandemic. I refused to travel during a holiday where many will travel. And some will not take precautions.

December: This month is the end of the year. It also signifies a journey where many always enlightening, often surprising, and unfailingly fascinating about buying gifts and celebrating a day that is not Jesus’s birthday. Christmas is a time where people need to stop being wasteful and doing unnecessary spending that is a critical threat to America’s future.

I know I might sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, but December is a month that I want to end quickly. Most people create debts for a tradition called Christmas. The crime rate is very high because some people are robbing others for money to buy gifts.

So much transpired in 2020 that it became a series of rolling disasters. Too many people lost loved ones, and without a doubt 2020 will go in history as the worst year ever. 2020 is over, and I look forward to receiving and making the best of all opportunities 2021 will bring.

© 2021 Pam Morris

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 11, 2021:

Quite elaborate. Nice reading.

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