Goodbye and good riddance 2020. Here in South West England, We have spent much of the year since March in lockdown and although we have been luckier than many people I have missed seeing family and friends. I realise how much I used to take for granted, the ability to catch a bus when I wanted, to go into a coffee bar or the local library. Slowly we got used to queueing for every thing, to wearing masks in shops to keeping our distance and washing our hands. There are a lot of familiar faces who have been missing from our streets for months and I hope that they are merely shielding. A few years ago as a nurse I would have been on the frontline rather than watching from my sofa and that makes me feel guilty and rather useless.
Reasons to be cheerful
Well what can we expect from 2021?
I think that there are reasons to be cheerful, the Oxford vaccine was aproved today and the Pfizer vaccine is already being given to the more vulnerable, the over 80’s and care home residents.
My family are all well. My daughter tested positive in November but recovered quickly. A couple of my former colleagues ended up in hospital with breathing difficulties but luckily survived.
Like many others I have learnt to appreciate the local parks and have enjoyed watching the wide variety of birds that visit a local lake. A rare albino mallard duckling became a local celebrity.
The words of the Robert Burns song that is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s eve seem even more apt this year when we are not allowed to meet up with family and friends.
Well how was your year? Are you making any resolutions?