“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Charles Dickens wrote those words to open his A Tale of Two Cities, yet he could very well have written them about the year 2020.

As I look back on 2020, I remember the ladies’ golf season was to begin with a St Patrick’s Day play day; 40+ ladies signed up for a fun spirited day of golf, pots of gold and a limerick or two. It was also the day business closings began. To my knowledge the St Patrick’s Day golf and lunch was the last time our friend Marty Batsel enjoyed our company. Marty lost her battle with cancer on May 24th.

We experienced our first quarterly meeting via email in April (before the common use of Zoom and Goggle meets came on the scene). As the temperatures warmed more ladies began golfing with more regularity. By the June quarterly we played golf and had an in-person meeting with a few staying for lunch. More ladies were able to return from their winter residences and things began to look more “normal.” In August our quarterly had more ladies participating in golf as friendships renewed on the course and we raised a record amount of money with the Power of Pink fundraiser. Golf really became our only social endeavor, so most made every effort to make our many standing tee times. We closed out with the golf year with the first annual Waggle Awards at our November quarterly held around the fire pit and the largest NewBee graduation ever with 19 new lady golfers.

It is easier to think of 2020 as the worst of times, yet I hope as we get some distance from all that has taken place, we remember the drive by birthday parties, the new grand and great grandchildren born, the meals delivered, the small and large examples of humanity at its best. And may we look to 2021 with hope and anticipation. I think my New Year’s resolutions in 2021 will be more in line with being kinder to those I encounter, to reach out more to family members and friends, to be part of solutions and not part of the problems that plaque our communities. That I will endeavor to follow more closely the tenants of my faith and be a good neighbor each and every day. I hope you too will find a way in 2021 to be the best you, you can be and enjoy life to the fullest. May 2021 be the “best of times” for you and your family.