New Year’s has never been a big deal for me. I once got in a lot of trouble with my partner when I announced just ten minutes before midnight that I was going to bed. As a Colombian, his family’s tradition of celebrating the New Year far exceeded my available energy!
The best New Year’s Eve party that I every threw was last year. I served Spanish tapas to a group of friends and we ate patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo, croquettes de jamon, and the requisite 12 grapes along with a sufficient quantity of cava while we rang in 2020! It was a great night, but then, well, we all know how 2020 went…except that the bright spot of the year for me has been working with the Village. Thank you for the privilege to do so.
Many thanks to Joan Dailey (member, volunteer, and Board member) for writing our year in review article. It’s gratifying to see what we’ve accomplished, including many new programs. If you have ideas for other new programs, please contact me! Also, if you’re interested in writing a column for our weekly newsletter, please let me know. We are a community, and as such, it’s good to hear from a variety of people about various topics!
DC's Village leaders have committed to greater collaborations. I urge you to peruse the upcoming events and also join us for our Wellness Wednesday at One series whereby each Village sponsors an educational event each week. I hope that you’ll seek out some new opportunities to participate in events with Villagers from across the city.
We’re still waiting for COVID vaccinations to roll out to the general public but in the interim, it’s important to keep doing what we know works: wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay physically distant from others.
Despite my general lack of enthusiasm for New Year’s celebrations, I’m looking forward to 2021 arriving. On behalf of all of us at the Village, I wish you good health, joy, and peace in the New Year!