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From Frank … ever the optimist.


I don’t exactly know the source of my optimism. Maybe teaching myself to see my compact size as something that makes me unique, rather than a limitation, has influenced my outlook. At just over five feet, I could focus on the challenges of finding clothes off the rack or the difficulty reaching the top shelf of the refrigerator. Instead, I remind my sisters, and just about anyone else who will listen, that I am the tallest in my family (a true, but relative, fact).


While the return to strict COVID restrictions is certainly trying my patience, I’m staying positive about the chance for a happy and healthy New Year! Last year’s hopes for a more normal life (thanks to the vaccine) haven’t been fully realized, but I’m not feeling let down. Instead, I keep reminding myself that despite the many COVID inconveniences, I have much more for which to be grateful. For instance, the gift of time.


Through the pandemic – and particularly this latest wave – I’ve been appreciating the extra time I spend with my family. With my mother now 91, every moment is precious. I relish the many walks I’ve taken with my husband and our dogs. And the time I give just to myself, like the 15 minutes a day to play a silly word game on my smart phone. These are luxuries that in a more normal time I might not experience.


Of course, I can’t wait to see live music again, or attend a service at my church. I miss those things, among so many others, but I have vowed to value the new joys to be had during this time.


Having something to look forward to is another strategy that I use to persevere. In the summer we will have a concert series, and we’re already planning a full calendar of virtual yoga and stretching, some political discussions, opportunities to explore DC’s vast outdoor cultural settings, and so much more. I look forward to seeing each of you at these gatherings!


Thank you for the privilege of serving you this year. I’m so thankful for the opportunity. When I think of the New Year, I’m energized by what we will do together, despite the challenges. This too feeds my optimism!


Happy New Year!


Frank Finamore is Executive Director of the Village

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