Some of you are old enough to remember a TV show in the mid-60’s called That Was the Week that Was. It was the forerunner of much of the political/news satire of today.
Being a clueless, dewey eyed, innocent of 10 when it premiered in the US, I didn’t understand that much of it. But one thing I do remember is part of the theme song…
“That was the week that was; it’s over, let it go.”
Holy sh*t, that WAS the December (and 2021) that was; thank God it’s over. And AGMA is all about letting it go!
December saw the hopes of a return to some semblance of pre-COVID normalcy totally screwed.
I went from personally knowing about 10 people who’ve had COVID since March 2020 to knowing 40+ people who got COVID just in the LAST 10 days of December. Son#1 and his family included.
And omicron’s timing couldn’t have been more precise. Wouldn’t you know it? Grand#1’s 7th birthday was messed up, Christmas was messed up and New Year Eve was messed up.
Thankfully, due to being fully vaxed (other than Grand#3 who is too young), all recovered quickly and are back to their normal abnormalness. Grand#3, after a few concerning days of really high fever, is back to his enchanting and delightful self.
But hearing how full pediatric hospitals were (and are now), AGMA has to admit it was scary.
And, of course, there were the losses.
Personally, it started with 12/10 passing of Mike Nesmith of the 1960’s group, The Monkees. The group was “created” by Hollywood television types for a TV show to capitalize on the success of The Beatles’ A Hard Days Night.
AGMA was the exact demographic The Monkees TV show was aiming to capture – the little sisters of Beatles fans. And I totally fell for it!! I read about The Monkees in teen magazines. I constantly passed notes – the 60’s version of Tweeting – with another Monkee obsessed friend at school.
And, of course, I watched the television show religiously. It was like a sacred 30 minutes every week for my soul! Such a Monkee devotee was I that, at dinner one night, when I absolutely refused to eat the live and onions my step-mother fixed, I was punished by not being able to watch the show that week.
Oh the humanity!
But it goes to show you exactly how much AGMA hated (and still hates) liver and onions….
The Monkees was the first concert I ever attended. My neighbor and I screamed the entire time. It was glorious!
It was difficult in 2012 when Davy Jones passed away at 66. But imagine my shock when I found out, reading some tributes to Mike Nesmith, that Peter Took, the favorite of a starry eyed 13 year old AGMA, had passed in February 2019. How did I miss that??
Then there was the unexpected passing of John Madden. I can’t say I was a huge football fan in my younger years, but being married to football crazy Hubs, I watched more than my share over the last 40+ years and have become a fan. And John Madden was THE voice of football for many, many of those years.
In 1991, the John Madden Football game came to Super Nintendo. Also, in 1991, AGMA had 8 and 9 year old boys with a Super Nintendo. Madden Football became a staple in Casa AGMA. It was John Madden, all the time.
Finally, and this is one I am not sure AGMA will be able to get over, there was Betty. Sweet, sassy, talented, inspirational, naughty Betty.
She was the personification of NOT aging gracefully, and will ALWAYS be my AGMA-spiration.
Since her passing, I’ve seen many memes created to honor her memory and amazing spirit, but this is my favorite…
As Forrest Gump said, “And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
The losses weren’t only in the national news. 2021 brought the passing of a number of close friends, and family of close friends. It sucked.
So now we are 4 days into 2022.
The new year is starting out kinda wild and crazy. Dire warnings about omicron crippling the country, continued US political turmoil (the Big Lie of Cheetolini continues to be propagated by the QOP), inflation, crazy weather caused by climate change, wildfires, global supply chain issues, Russian aggression, Chinese censorship, and ___________________ (you fill in your favorite Debbie Downer prediction.)
But AGMA is very hopeful that 2022 will be like the month of March. You know, it will come in like a lion, but go out like a lamb.
I’m claiming that.
HAPPY NEW YEAR my friends, please stay hopeful, and be safe out there!!