What can I say? 2020 is gone and I must say it was something.
January 2020 brought me all of the Covid symptoms besides loss of taste, and I should have gone to the hospital as it was difficult to breath.
February brought a milestone 60th birthday for my dad. Fireworks accompanied this event. Little did I know that some of the guests would move on to other places and I would see them less.
Bittersweet and complicated.
12 days later, we sang my grandmother happy 90th birthday on her deathbed. She is with the Lord, but we miss her dearly.
Grandmother would have wanted us to live our lives, and upon fond farewell, we got to it.
March brought a 15 mile challenge with my Beloved. The trail needed a little work, but what journey does not?
The journey little known to us would involve the manufacture of face masks for ourselves and medical staff.
We stayed busy, and together. We even practiced blowing bubbles compliments of Lydia Potter, my newly adopted little sister, and tried our hands at a bout of knife fighting.
April 1st brought numerous pranks and absurd female grooming behavior.
It also brought us parking lot services during the lockdown.
April brought several hiking opportunities and an insanely tough ice bucket challenge. https://brotherscampfire.com/the-great-ice-bucket-challenge-of-2020/
May gave me gardening opportunities and these little ducky friends, to include my buddy, the bold male goose, Armando.
We also rehabilitated and released a Starling we called Horace. He grew very fast!
June brought the 40th anniversary of my parents,
An epic adventure to the Sand Dunes and beyond,
And preparation for future jobs in British Columbia, Canada or something.
July ushered in a train ride, a gold panning lesson,
And a failed attempt to walk 35 miles in one day. (I got 22)
August, well, we camped at 11,500 feet.
Oh, and I walked the whole 35 miles on my second attempt.
I can’t go about quitting.
September, well, my son became a 12 year veteran of life. I am fiercely proud of my son. (And a little protective)
He is everything and more I would want in a son. We have been working on a lot of top secret projects together.
In October, me and my son tried to build a land sail. Unfortunately for us, we never took flight, but had fun cutting twice and measuring once.
November brought the 16th birthday of my daughter. She was gifted a piano and she is quite gifted in it’s use.
In December, we spent the holiday season, with friends and family. I was grateful for them. We helped each other through a tough year.
Friends, I don’t know how Covid has influenced your life, but for me, it brought us close together. There were a lot of times this year where things looked and felt awful, but I think it may have helped me get my priorities in order.
To my family here at the Campfire, thank you for allowing me to reminisce a little, and more importantly for being there in 2020. I look forward to growing closer to you all and reading your amazing work in 2021!
Happy New Year!