2021 Was Exhausting, But…

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Written by Patti Foley

2021 was the year we had envisioned everything would change again, for the better. The year Covid would end. The year life would return to (almost) normal.

But it was not to be. Instead 2021 was… exhausting.

There were days we felt sad. Anxious. Afraid. Angry. Stayed in Pajamas. Cried.

For myself one of the things that helped keep me going was remembering my grandmother who raised me. She passed away just shy of 102. We didn’t call her Amazing Grace for nothing. Grace didn’t have much patience for self-pity and would simply stare you in the eye and say “You just need to pick yourself up and tell yourself you can do this.”

But the main source of strength was family love. Even if some of it had to be via Zoom. We felt so blessed to have the uplifting burst of joy of a family wedding in September. In an airplane hangar. With the doors up. And lots of family. It was absolutely perfect.

There are folks for whom their source of love and strength, or the financial security of a job, has waned, or distanced, or even been taken away, by Covid. And this is where we get to find out who we really are as people, and as a community.

Whether you delivered a hot dish to a neighbour who lives alone, or sold your car for less than half its value to someone who needed it worse than you did, or picked up groceries for someone stuck at home in isolation, YOU were a source of hope and strength for someone.

And if you chose to help your community through organizations like Bethell Hospice, Caledon Community Services, Caledon Meals on Wheels, Caledon Parent Child Centre or others, the impact was the same. YOU became someone’s source of strength.

The need is still there. Covid is not a dusty old memory yet. But perhaps this year it will become one. I’m a believer.


About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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  • Dear Patti,
    Excellent articles, thank you for doing such a great job of covering our region’s activities.
    We are open at Victory House/The Bridge. The two bedroom apartment that will house two women that are in need of temporary housing and practical assistance is now complete and ready for occupancy. All construction is now complete and approved by the Town of Caledon. If you would like to write about Victory House I would be pleased to speak with you.
    Thank you.
    Pat Valliere
    Executive Director/Founder
    Victory House Association of Dufferin Caledon

  • Hi Patti,

    Just a quick note to let you know that , I think it’s also fair to include JustSayin’Caledon on the list of things that contributes to the community, pandemic days or otherwise. Thanks for all your efforts. Also, I think your grandmother Grace was on to something!

    • Thank you very much Neil for the kind words! I really appreciate you taking the time to let us know. If you ever have ideas for JSC about Caledon businesses, organizations, or people to do stories about your thoughts are always welcome.