My level of stress and anxiety has been exceptionally high. Being in NYC, the former epicenter of the pandemic, was stress-inducing for all of us here. Most of my anxiety stemmed from worrying that I could get my mom sick. My worrying was almost too much and often panic-inducing. Last year, my word for the year was Seguimos (we keep going). I used that word almost as much as I used my word for 2020 to focus myself. We just had to take the situation day-by-day and do our best to not get sick or get anyone else sick.
My word for 2020 is "risa". This means laughter in Spanish. This year has definitely NOT been amusing. There were so many reasons for tears. My ironic word choice, however, was actually not a bad selection. I decided that when I could choose between getting angry or upset and laughing, I'd chose laughter. So, while things outside our home have been awful, at least our family is closer than ever and our friends are more appreciated. I have to credit risa with my mom. Despite all the changes Alzheimer's is creating for her, she mostly stays positive and seeks laughter.
By the way, do you like my sweater? I bought the yarn for it in 2009, I think. I didn't work on it until 2016 and I didn't finish it until this year! It's the Butterfly Pullover by Mel Clark. It's in the book Knit 2 Together by Mel Clark and Tracy Ullman.