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Commentary: The Year in 2020

November 20, 2020

Times are so different now that our priorities in life have been greatly shifted. Our lives have been displaced to the degree to where we have gone from one extreme to the next, in the efforts of keeping our families together, for the purpose of trying to survive.

Jobs have been lost. Homes have been foreclosed on. People have become homeless all in the face of this pandemic. And here we are, the state of Washington is one again in a state wide shutdown.

The fight to survive is far greater than we ever imagined. And even as stores have reopened, nothing really returned to normal. People are more afraid than they ever have been. Men. Women. The elderly. Children. Constantly at risk, where many have died from the virus.

It is fear that causes us to act out of content. To fight for reasons we really don’t understand, except we all want the right to see another light of day and be able to get the COVID-19 far behind us. Being kind to one another is putting the foot in the right direction. It’s not about entitlement…or who has the right to live…but it’s about solely surviving and coming together as a nation to make this happen, to hold each other up when there is no one else there.

2020 is coming to an end. While we continue to face uncertainty, let’s try to keep hope alive in a positive manner. Let hate be so distant from your mind that you forget the meaning of the word. Let’s not judge each other by the color of our skin, but our ability to embrace one another during these difficult times.

I am a mom. I am a grandma. And I never thought my daughter and granddaughter and expecting grandson would be a part of nation so torn and divided and frightened at the same time. We have the power…the voice…to stand together with each other. Let’s not forget…we are all in this together.

One love…One nation…Under God. Be safe. Be strong. Be there for one another.

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