Out with the old, and in with the new. I’m ready to give 2020 the boot.

Get ‘outta here … Scram!

In many ways, New Year’s is my favorite holiday – even more so than Christmas. I enjoy the feeling of hope that wells up in my heart when I think of all the new things coming in the months ahead. I thrive on making goal lists and checking them off as I move through the year and I look forward to the opportunity to “get organized.”

This year I don’t feel so hopeful.

I’m tired and weary of the pandemic, political vitriol and hate, smirks and eyerolls among folks who should still be neighbors and friends. And, it’s hard to write New Year’s Resolutions when much of the heartache and stress of 2020 is following us into the new year.

Can we still find joy in turning over a new leaf this year? Absolutely!

I think some of Pierce County’s oldest residents had the right idea last week. Rather than pen resolutions for the year ahead, they rang in the new year at the Senior Center by shredding lists of last year’s trials they hope and pray will vanish in 2021. They danced around the paper shredder one by one – socially distanced, of course.

And how about ‘dem Bears! What a way to close out a dismal year  — with a brand, spanking new and shiny state championship trophy. I’m no football fanatic to be sure, but I’ll always root for the boys in blue.

Last Wednesday I pulled up the GPB broadcast, listening while I compiled the 2020 Year in Review published elsewhere in this edition. By the fourth quarter, I could casually listen no longer.

I had to watch the action.

Y’all, I stress ate through a bag of peanuts, a pack of fruit gummies and peeled an orange.

Then I screamed. And, maybe even cried. (I saw ya shedding a few tears on the TV screen, too, Rock Jernigan).

That overtime play to win the game was beautiful. I confess my bias up front, but the Bears’ season and championship win in the middle of a pandemic is worthy of a Remember the Titans’ inspired sequel in my book.

No, 2020 wasn’t all bad, folks. The Bears made history in a way their beloved, dedicated fans will remember for decades to come.

And, in case you forgot … the most perfect, angel baby ever made her appearance at the Gove house last year. Avery Kate has brought us countless moments of joy in just four short months.

Perhaps we are less able to predict what the future holds than in years’ past. Maybe there is no use in resolving to accomplish certain tasks when the pandemic still hovers and what the economy will do is still anyone’s guess.

We’ve still got things to smile about — things worth smiling about all year long.

• Sarah Tarr Gove is news editor of The Blackshear Times. Email her at sgove@theblacksheartimes.com.