Goodbye 2020

Here are three photo collages that are help me remember the year with a softer heart.

This year we said goodbye to dad. Losing him isn’t a highlight but having time to remember dad, to reflect on his life, and to hear so many lovely stories from friends and family definitely falls into the highlight category. If we had been able to have a traditional service, there are many who would not have been able to attend. I am grateful for my creative and tech savvy family who helped us celebrate a life well lived.

There was a lot of knitting! There were 6 completed sweaters and numerous hats. There was some unraveling but I am not dwelling on that. Instead, I will imagine what beautiful things I will make with that reclaimed yarn.

And there was light. The light has always been there but I have not had the time or pace of life to pay attention. Looking for the light is a habit I want to take with me into the new year.

Happy New Year! We have a lovely bottle of champagne, delicious snacks, and a movie to watch. And tomorrow, we will be ready to begin a new year.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

12 thoughts on “Goodbye 2020

  1. Those are good memories, even the ones that are bittersweet. Happy New Year! We will toast you from the East Coast!

  2. So many lovely memories shared in this post! While I am sorry this was the year you lost your father, I am also happy that the technology that connected so many of us this year enabled you to celebrate his life and gain a sense of closure. Here’s hoping that the year ahead brings happier memories!

  3. I’d never thought of virtual memorials in that way–but of course…A real nod to technology there, and to you + your family for making it happen so meaningfully. I just love that maternity sweater and smiles on your faces! And the middle ‘light’ photo, the pinks/purples/orange-tint sky is breathtaking. I’m deeply touched by light but sometimes forget to stay with it in its moments, beyond a glimpse. Enjoy your NYE!

  4. I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. You did manage to have some wonderful memories from this less-than-stellar year. Looking for the light is a good way to live your life. Love it!

  5. Despite the sadness and darkness of the year, there is hope and light in your words – thank-you! It’s a gift to be able to recognise both and hold them creatively together. Your sweaters are wonderful! Hoping for happier times for you in 2021.

  6. I have such nice memories of both of your parents and all they did for adult literacy! Loved seeing your photos.

  7. This is a lovely way to say So Long 2020! (also, how did you make the collages? I love all the white space between the photos… really makes them easy to see)

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