Saturday, March 21, 2020

What Will Become of 2020?

The cancellations are mounting in dramatic fashion and 2020 has become the year of COVID-19 and cancellations. 

Cooperstown Dream Park
The most recent cancellation, which affects me, is the 2020 Cooperstown Dreams Park Season. I have been working with a dedicated group of boys and parents since last August to prepare for a weeklong tournament in Cooperstown, NY, competing with teams from across America in the annual 12U Baseball Tournament. It is a real kick in the solar plexus that the tournament was canceled. I am not sure, at this point, if baseball will ever resume, but we had been practicing over the winter to keep the team in baseball shape. 

Bleeding Hearts
My Garden
Elkridge, MD
March 20, 2020
That cancellation, along with the cancellation of my two-week Italy trip radically changed my 2020 calendar and suddenly, I have vacation time available. Now if I could just get all of the money back that I have spent in airfare and accommodations. That, however, is a saga for a different day.

It seems that I have nowhere to go. Wait! I have a condo in Florida!!

This has become a really self-centered blog this morning, but I am pretty sure many others out there have similar stories of changed plans and cancellations.

What it means to me is that I need to grasp that the COVID-19 fight is not a short-termed event. I am concerned that we are in for a siege of "Middle Ages" proportions. 

What ultimately will become of 2020? 

Well, Spring is here! It arrived almost unnoticed under the COVID-19 cloud. The flowers and trees are blooming and the days are longer and warmer. I have been outside more and even enjoyed dinner on the screened porch last evening watching the sunshine fade as the day passed into twilight.

Here is my motto to survive: Find the good, or at least the promising, amid the disappointments.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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