2020 in six words or one picture
- Published: December 31, 2020
This year, as in years past, the YS News asked its readers to write a little something in response to a question about the year that’s ending. In this case, it was a very little something — we asked that writers confine their sentiments to only six words, as inspired by writer Larry Smith’s “Six-Word Memoir” concept.
It seems that community members — and readers from afar — were more than up to the challenge, and responded with a flurry of six-word gems (and photos) that encompass everything that was good and bad about 2020: the pandemic, spending time with family, the monumental election, and all that time we had to reflect.
Below are those responses. The staff of the YS News thanks every writer who contributed, and hope you enjoy the responses as much as we have.
Hope Fear Loss Sorrow Anger Hope
Relishing this time with my teenager.
We Must Apologize for the Inconvenience …
Prepared three-square; complain, if dare!!
Lockdown? I wish! This pesky job…
GET OUT OF OUR LIVES, DEWINE
The fascists took over. Nobody resisted.
Dystopian Daze. Narcissistic Haze. Hope pays.
Mike DeWine, a gem among gravel!
—Jerry Sutton and Sandy McHugh
Fight fight fight fight lose fight
Thank goodness I am an introvert.
I’m now a breast cancer survivor.
Tatooine dive bar without the band.
Nervously awaiting the end of COVID…
Missing family and friends in-person visits.
A bubonic plague ruined my plans.
Locked in, think home as haven.
Got laid off but not sick.
Walked every street in Yellow Springs.
Waited whole life for social distancing.
Misses teaching but not grading essays.
Grateful to be in Yellow Springs.
—Gilah Pomeranz and Shep Anderson, Yellow Springs Hardware
Just bored to death
(keep going keep going keep going)
Maybe I will do it tomorrow.
Whaaaaaaaat the **** was that ?!?!?!?
Frustrated with people from our nation.
I’ll be buying my own island.
—Mikki Boyer Vorpahl
Go to work … I’m a nurse.
Masks, disinfectant, Amazon boxes and fear.
I’m afraid to go to work.
Masks, isolation, creativity, online shopping, news
Isolation. Miss seeing family and friends.
—Rebecca A Padgitt
“Oh, Baby, it’s a wild world.”
Bad things happened to good people.
Even my cat takes Valium now.
Said Goodbye. 2 close friends. Cancer
Covid keep me from dancing? NEVER!
Why is he not in jail?
In with Donald, out with Joe.
Discovering the beauty of Ellis Park.
Coordinated COVID response from village leadership.
—Mayor Pam Conine
Life stagnated by concern and fear.
If you’re reading this you survived!
The hill you want to die on
Thanks for coming to my TED-talk
Five, four, three, two, one….covid
Surreal, stressful, isolating, frightening, sad: RESIST!
Remote e-learning: connection lost, remotely learning.
Inspired by youth seeking accountability, change.
Pay attention kids, you’re living history!
Made a documentary about Malawi McDonald.
Garden. White hair. Gratitude. Transitions, 2020.
Focusing on my family’s mental health.
A year at home, it re-prioritizes.
—Eleanor McFarland Anderson
Waiting to exhale, sing, hug again.
It’s been a long year.
—Sue T. Parker
Thanks for the memories, Yellow Springs.
Life lessons I never asked for.
Grateful … with hope for the future …
2020 was what it’s all about
Short Street, it’s fine without doubt.
What day, week, month is it?
Guy who pushes rock up hill…
Will someone please change the record?
—Lavena Wolfe Lichtenfels
With great change comes great responsibility.
May this be our wake-up call.
I see who you are now.
Justice even if it’s not you.
Taking a step back for sanity.
Revealed to be healed. Exhale. Inhale.
I can not afford to die.
Holy s**t just wear the mask.
I love my family more now.
Rest, reconnect, walk, cook, love, release.
Oh, to hell with it already!
—Ashley Nicole Cylon
I am stronger than I thought.
The best year of my life.
With every challenge there are gifts.
—Zo Van Eaton-Meister
I apologize, my internet connection dropped.
Pivot to virtual and keep doing.
—Dawn Renee Cooksey
Perseverance, cook, prep, cook, prep, cook.
Outdoors is the healthiest place ever!
January 20th can’t come soon enough.
His death left a deafening silence.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom
So tired of being stuck home.
—Monika R. Werling
I just want it to end.
—Nikki Bataille Lange
There’s no place like home.
—Susan Gray Miller
Only year I didn’t get sick.
Enough with stuff, let’s start afresh.
Started OK, then bad, getting OK.
Hit bottom. Grief process. Rinse. Repeat.
I’m tired of cooking every meal.
I am sorry for your loss.
Family pull together but via Zoom.
Not meant to teach children online.
masks, curfews, gloves, election, many deaths
It was the year I retired!
—Marg Kramer Powell
Helping each other through hard times.
Thank god for my backyard.
I want to isolate again, please.
—Holley Dee, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Learned new vocabulary: asynchronous instruction, Zoom.
—Ashley Miller Panama City, Fla.
Take one day at a time.
—Elizabeth Wilz, Kettering
Please God, is it over yet?
—Jean Van Smith, Kissimmee, Fla.
So many valuable lessons I’ve learned.
Everyday waking up to Groundhog Day.
—Jacqueline Stauffer Clark
Lucky to be stuck with you.
—Lauren “Chuck” Shows
Six o’clock bells. Neighbors’ chiming faces.
They want to be at college.