Goodbye 2020 Hello 2021!
Cat Talk|December 2020
A writing “round robin” by Cat Talk staffers Teresa Keiger, Jean Aldrich, Lucy Drury, and Iris Zinck
Teresa Keiger, Jean Aldrich, Lucy Drury, and Iris Zinck

It's New Year's Eve 2020, and there is a party. 2020 was so just off the charts that there's a lot to celebrate about its departure. The rules of social distancing have magically been lifted (as much as anyone is comfortable with them being lifted as it was STILL 2020) and the Cat Talk staff is celebrating—and commiserating.

Teresa is thinking that for all of the horrible things the pandemic brought with it, there were still a lot of lessons learned during the past year. Zoom (and other platforms) made it so much easier to connect with faraway folks, as well as helping bring the business of CFA to all fanciers by broadcasting the Board of Directors meetings. PLUS, it even helped the Cat Talk staff conduct their production meetings more easily. It also encouraged businesses to connect with customers in a different way, and she was thankful that so many companies produced how to webinars and virtual wine tastings.

Being home meant that there was time to focus on home stuff. The litter that she had bred at the beginning of lockdown had grown into healthy, bouncy little hellions now brightening up others' lives. It had felt good to reconnect with some other neglected interests too.

But she was also missing folks. It's funny that years of activity in the cat fancy meant that a lot of her closest friends are scattered all over the country and the world.

It's 11:59. The doorbell rings. Everyone goes silent, and waits for someone to answer the door. They know what's on the other side— it's 2021 coming in for the handoff. Thank goodness that (in light of things) he didn't decide to be fashionably late! But what would he be bringing with him? Champagne, no doubt. Do we drink it to celebrate his entrance, or 2020's exit? (With that thought: had someone been tasked to make sure that 2020 actually LEAVES? The thought of having to gather him up and dump him out on some dark country road is rather depressing...)

But 2021 lets himself in. He is fresh-faced, even a tad optimistic. Happy New Year, everyone! he shouts, and I've got a little something for everyone here! He holds out a dark purple velvet bag. The folks nearest to him lean in to look inside.

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