2021. It was supposed to be the year that saved us from 2020. But starting from the events of Jan. 6, all the way to Omicron, 2021 didn’t quite live up to its promise.
But here’s another way to look at it.
2021 was a year when our kids returned to school, we returned to restaurants and travel, we returned to gatherings and connections. It was a year in which we could reunite with loved ones and re-engage with the things in life that brought us closer to one another.
2021 was a year for real estate, which certainly boomed as new families became new Wilton residents, so I guess you could say 2021 was a year of rejuvenation too.
2021 was a year for redevelopment in Wilton, as developers and new businesses focused on Wilton as a vital place to locate and the town focused on improving the business tax base and creating a cohesive, thoughtful master plan to move Wilton forward for the next several decades.
2021 was a year for resilience, where we found the strength to continue on the COVID marathon in ways that showed our ability to overcome and persevere.
As I thought about how to write this year’s holiday message, clearly the words that came to mind all started with the letter ‘R’. I tried to come up with some way to tie it together. It may be a bit convoluted, but please bear with me.
The letter ‘R’ is the 18th letter of the alphabet. Many of you know I’m Jewish, and in Judaism, 18 is a very important number. Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value, and the letters in the word ‘chai’ — which means ‘life’ — add up to 18.
I like those kinds of symbolic connections, and it feels reassuring to know that 2021 helped us rediscover what was truly important in life. For me, that’s what will carry us forward to 2022.
This is our last article of 2021. Unless there’s breaking news, we’ll be back on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. From all of us at GOOD Morning Wilton, we wish everyone celebrating a very Merry Christmas, and happy wishes for a joyous Kwanzaa. And to the entire community, we hope for continued health, happiness, togetherness, and more GOOD things to come.
Heather Borden Herve