Sunday, December 13, 2020

December

December is the season of hope, joy, sharing, and maybe goodwill.
 
December 2020 I guess might be more like December 2018. I don’t have any personal information about 2018 since I’m not over 100 years old (still a long long way to go for that). The history lesson that describes the 1918 flu pandemic is worth comparing to our recent 2020 pandemic. It was first identified in military personnel in spring 1918. As any 2020 reader knows this Covid virus became known to most in the spring. The 1918 pandemic came in waves just like this year. Now we are just starting to vaccinate against it this month. There was no vaccine for the 1918 flu virus. (interesting article about the reconstruction of the 1918 virus) There’s hope, but it will take months before a majority of the population is vaccinated.

 
even Elf-on-the-Shelf knows to quarantine


 
 
2020 was also an election year in the US. This brought me hope and some joy. Seeing our president of chaos and misinformation lose was a joy. Seeing that same soon to be ex-president continue to spread misinformation about the election and collect donations to fight the results is disturbing. He might set the record for the most donations raised by a lame-duck president.

I recently heard Josh Groban sing the old mellow Broadway song, “Try To Remember” on a PBS special. As you know, I enjoy changing the lyrics of songs.

Deep in December, it's nice to remember,
Although you know the snow will follow.
Deep in December, it's nice to remember,
Without an election democracy is hollow.
Deep in December, it's nice to remember,
The vote of November that made us mellow.
Deep in December, our hearts should remember
And follow.



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