2021 Off To A Great Start — Coronavirus Chronicles
You know that Taylor Swift song I’m Feeling 22? Well today I’m feeling January 22. President Biden signed a round of executive orders to create a national vaccination program, mandate masks on planes, provide more funding for states, and support reopening schools. Biden warned it will take “many months to get where we need to be,” but how comforting to know that the machinations of getting better have sparked.
It was snowing on the day of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration. The presence of snow symbolizes new beginnings, changes and transformations. It was a perfect day to start “afresh,” as our new President said in his speech.
“We have much to do in this winter of peril … much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain….My whole soul is in this, bringing America together uniting our people … And I ask every American to join me in this cause.”
We witnessed herstory being made as well that day. Regardless of anyone’s political persuasion, a congratulations is indeed deserved to Vice President Harris for shattering a glass ceiling for moms and women that’s been long overdo.
The day after the inauguration Dr. Fauci announced that the US will rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO), yet another signal that things are on their way to getting better. It’s funny though—nothing happens, nothing happens, and then suddenly everthing happens all at once it seems in life. I’m no wise old woman, but that’s just something I’ve observed over time.
Everyone is in crisis still in this pandemic, but this week marked the sea change that I wished for a few months ago when things were looking bleak.
So much good news since the inauguration of President Joe R. Biden. There was good news even earlier in this new year on Wednesday, January 6; 207,106 residents in our state of Illinois had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is just the first phase of the vaccine roll out, but again this makes me feel good to know we are on the road to normalcy; a better normal I hope.
Will The 2020s Become The Next Roaring Twenties?
The last thing I want to bring up that’s been on my mind is an article I recently read in Marker (a Medium publication) entitled Will The 2020s Become The Next Roaring Twenties? In the final analysis the columnist indicates that it is more likely in China than the U.S., but there’s no reason not to be a positivist. “—some historians hope that, if the positivists are correct, there is time to get a potentially prosperous new decade right this time.”
As I’ve come to say when I’m uncertain about things, let’s see what happens. But let’s cheer to the possibilitiy of a roaring twenties. And may we never suffer such a depression as the one we’re presently coming out of ever again.