At the end of 2020 I got my wires crossed when answering a friend’s text. She had asked how I was feeling, and she felt my answer didn’t say enough (I wondered if, maybe she was going through something herself).
Anyway, I let her know I was doing okay and would catch up with her after Christmas. I reckoned there would be a break in the lockdown in 2021 and we could meet for a drink or something.
That didn’t happen.
I don’t know whether my friend was feeling unwell in December 2020 when she texted, but she died with Covid mid-January 2021.
I felt numb when I got the news. Then I cried, because her death was so unfair, given her age.
This Christmas I’m thinking about her family and everyone else who has lost someone in 2021 (due to Covid or not).
I hope they are doing okay this Christmas.
I hope they will find the right words to celebrate their loved one’s life, even though they are absent from the table.
I hope they / we all have a happier new year.