So Long, 2021

I imagine many people have good reason to see this year end, and for things to improve in 2022. I totally get it. Here in British Columbia we’ve suffered a grueling year. Mother nature provided harsh reminders that she’s hurting and we’d better smarten up to avoid more death and destruction. As I write this, Vancouver was -12 degrees Celsius overnight. In our area, this is rare but not as unsettling as the forest fires and heat dome last the summer, and the major flooding that wiped out entire farms and killed many animals in the fall.

Worldwide, there were immense challenges, much of which saddens and angers me, especially at the horrible way people treat one another and the planet. But I also saw plenty of grassroots heroes showcased on TV, helping friends, neighbors, and community through crises. There are still many good things happening. There is still hope. It also makes me really appreciate the blessings our family enjoyed this holiday season.

Although we had snowy conditions for part of the hour+ drive to our daughter’s home, Christmas was delightful. Ellie wasn’t quite sure what was going on with all the gifts, but she certainly took to her new Elmo and other toys.

Despite the weather and ominous COVID challenges, I took some positives from this year. I worked diligently on editing the urban fantasy and made good progress, thanks to my wonderful critique group. I’m finally going back to finalizing the Casey Holland mystery novella for beta readers, which I’ll be seeking over the coming weeks.

I also returned to craft fairs and facilitating this fall, and enjoyed our first family vacation with Ellie. When it comes down to it, for me it’s all about family and doing things that fulfill me. My first full year of retirement has been busy and rewarding, but as always, I can’t wait to ring in the year new and see what the next chapter brings. Happy New Year to All!

Pixabay image by Gerd Altmann

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

17 thoughts on “So Long, 2021”

  1. That Ellie is so adorable. I can imagine your time spent with her is precious. I agree, this past year has not been all bad. It’s what you make of it, isn’t it? Stay warm and may 2022 be kind to you and your family.

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  2. Hi Debra! When it is all said and done, so many of us experienced 2021 with a mix of joy, sadness and annoyance. Ellie is adorable and I’m glad you navigated your snowy road trip safely. We were too chicken to even attempt ours. I didn’t realize we are practically neighbors. Best wishes on getting your books sorted out! I’ll have to check out your books.

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    1. Thanks, Terri! We’re still dealing with weather issues up here, and I have to drive to my daughter’s either tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on how much snow will fall. My schedule these days is closely tied to weather, but that’s January for you. 🙂

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  3. Ellie is darling, Debra! I know. My younger granddaughter had more fun with wrapping paper, but she loves one toy that is similar to Ellie’s. My son-in-law took her to a store before Christmas, she loved that toy, so he bought it for her Christmas present. 2021 has its ups and downs. We took advantage of the ups and did some things. We’re down again so we stay put and wait for a better time in 2022 to do anything outdoor.
    It’s wonderful to hear about your progress. Wishing you a prosperous 2022 with great success.

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