2020 was welcomed in the usual way across the country and the idea of having a refreshed 2020 clear vision became a theme for many as we stepped into the second decade of the 21st century – little did we know…
Locally things were meandering along as usual, the Bruns woodchop turned 60,
the Northern Rivers chapter of Pflag called it quits and Kylie Minogue was in Byron as part of a PR push to get ‘Poms’ to come and visit the colonies. Little did we even imagine what 2020 was prepping in the coronavirus kitchen. The Northern Rivers and the entire country were still coming to terms with the loss of life and homes and environment as the result of the summer bushfires and all eyes were on how we could begin to rebuild.
Protecting koalas became the focus in January as the drop in numbers caused by fires and logging saw populations come under serious threat.
For many people the devastation caused by the fires were the tipping point to be convinced that climate change was a real actual thing, and the numbers at rallies echoed that.
Then things changed – our pages began to look like a clipboard at the end of a hospital bed. Many of the usual stories you would expect to see through a year just stopped, as we came to a screeching halt – as did the country and the world.
The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Australia was identified on 25 January in Victoria, when a man who had returned from Wuhan, China, tested positive for the virus, it wasn’t until the end of the month that the first cases of coronavirus started to appear on our turf.
As PPE masks became the new black, we forged ahead into 2020.
February saw Claire Oelrichs get an OAM and more COVID-19 and then the dawn of March saw the advent of toilet paper hoarders and lockdown, a word we’d only heard before while watching reruns of prisoner.
There were other notable events – of course there were…
In 2020 people were still trying to free Julian Assange, still trying to get cannabis off the ‘most wanted’ list and still trying to make people understand that this always was and and always will be Aboriginal land, but no matter what else happened this year, even the demise of the American Cheeto will fall into the shadows as we remember the year that C word gained a whole new meaning.
I think the closing scene of Gone With The Wind, has something for all of us, and the 2020 that was.
Oh, Rhett, Rhett, please don’t say that. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry for everything.
My darling, you’re such a child. You think that by saying I’m sorry, all the past can be corrected. Here, take my handkerchief. Never in any crisis of your life have I known you to have a handkerchief.
Where are you going?
I’m going to [insert name of town where you’d rather be, here]. Back where I belong.
Please, please take me with you.
No. I’m through with everything here. I want peace. I want to see if somewhere if there is something left in life with charm and grace. Do you know what I’m talking about?
No. I only know that I love you.
That’s your misfortune.
If you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?
Frankly my dear, I don’t give a dam(n).
Be safe in 2021, we love you too much to lose you