(sorry this got lost in the shuffle the last few weeks.)
Sounds like life.
No, this was not a fun year. The tremendous amount of news that hit us like Muhammed Ali jabs over and over again were just sometimes too much to take. But still, kids graduated, kids played, adults figured ways and those of us lucky enough to be here right now, we lived.
Yes it was a sad year and will be remembered for decades to come as the year we say every December 31 the phrase, "well it wasn't as bad as 2020."
It was a surprise that school's opened up to be honest. But with monitoring and restrictions we were able to have some in person classes and modified sports seasons. In Oil City this led to a joy the city and school couldn't imagine. Their beat up run in the playoffs left them one game shy of a state championship. But this team brought light to a beleaguered city during a beleaguered time.
2020 couldn't take that away from them and history will remember this team.
We learned new ways to show love.
Despite COVID-19 we still had people dealing with troubles above that. I wrote a story about a Franklin father in need of a kidney and hoping to find a person with such a big heart they are willing to give him one of their kidneys. After the story was posted and made it around the country, several people stepped up to be tested for a match. People who don't even know the man.
Unfortunately no match has been found yet, but they are still searching and hoping.
The community caught wind of this and rallied to give this pig the largest ever sale at the fair and help out a family in need.
2020 was sad, but the joy of life and the strength of humanity was on display in Northwest Pennsylvania.