2020 Hindsight

2020

2020 HINDSIGHT

BY RICHARD EYRE

has there ever been a year like 2020

when it began

we hoped for a year of clear vision

but

beware of what you wish for

for you may get it

in completely unexpected ways

clear vision came by way of adversity

the pandemic gave us 2020 clarity

on our fragility

covid showed us our interconnected

vulnerability

BLM pricked 2020 clarity

on our undiagnosed racism

earthquakes and hurricanes revealed

the pain (and anger) of mother earth

political division opened 2020 clarity

on america’s two separate worlds

and isolation and quarantine

exposed our darker, deeper selves.

piled on top of this macro malaise

was some micro medical murmuring

all together

it gave us 2020 clarity on both

the rich texture of beauty

and the rips of shortcomings

in the fabric

of our families and relationships.

sometimes

it feels like covid and 2020

have ripped out our gut

and with it our gratitude

protect against that

because thanks-giving

is the protector of joy

thanksgiving

even as we plunge into cold covid winter

brings hope—a view toward 2021

through the corrective lenses

of interdependent empathy

and humility

hope-visions of vaccines

and clues of civility

a prophet said it best at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlcILxGmVrI.

we #givethanks

for you

our friends and family

asking

that 2020 fog will bring inward sight

and that when it lifts in 2021

the world will be fresh and ever-changed

as we enter our fourth quarter

exciting

and consequential

ready

for the higher stakes and final score

 

Feature Image:  We gathered, face-shielded and distanced, jumped together for one quick photo, and avoided even a single Covid case (zoom in to see faces.)

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:  RICHARD AND LINDA EYRE

grandparentGRAND is pleased to welcome New York Times #1 Bestselling Authors Richard and Linda Eyre as regular columnists.  The Eyres’ parenting and life-balance books have reached millions and been translated into a dozen languages.  As fellow baby boomers, their passion and their writing focus has now shifted to the joy of grandparenting.  Linda’s latest book is Grandmothering, GRANDPARENTINGand Richard’s is Being a Proactive Grandfather, each of which is reviewed in this issue.

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