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What I'll Miss

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~ William E. Vaughan

Nora Ephron once wrote a list essay titled "What I'll miss, what I won't miss." I've thought about it a lot as this sh*t-show of a year is winding down. I'm still struggling a bit with all that went on this year, and for a bit, I thought I would not miss anything about it. After I gave myself a quick "snap out of it" slap to the head, though, I started to think about the things I will miss.

With apologies to Nora Ephron and without further ado, here's my list.

What I won't miss about 2020

• Losing my hair (It was a necessary evil, but still...)

• Chemo (I'll take losing my hair over this hell any day.)

• Masks (I wear one everywhere, but that doesn't mean I have to like them.)

• No hugs (If you're a hugger, you understand. If you're not, well, don't worry about it.)

• No travel (If you travel, you understand.)

• Death counts (Come on, people. Do we really have to have a minute-by-minute COVID death count during the news.)

• The Pandemic ('Nuff said)

What I will miss about 2020

• Having no hair (There's something to be said about washing a bald head and not worrying about how long it takes to dry and style....Quick dry....No styling....It's also saved a fortune on salon charges....)

• The caregivers at Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada (The nurses, radiation techs, and nurse assistants are the ones who really took care of me.)

• My house in Las Vegas (Actually, I'll really miss the shower. If you don't know the story, remind me to tell you about it sometime.)

• Driving cross-country (I lie. I'll miss the vistas but not the ride.)

• The kindness of friends (I have to mention this although this will go on.)

What I look forward to in 2021

• Running a brush through my hair (At the rate it's growing, this will be in December....Still....)

• Wearing lipstick (Masks and lipsticks don't mix.)

• Getting the vaccine (Please. ASAP)

• Feeling better (Day-by-day-by-day)

• Traveling to Italy (Don't get between me and the plane door once they lift restrictions.)

Many good wishes for a better 2021 for all of us.

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