On Friday, President Trump and the first lady announced that they had tested positive for COVID-19. For many, this seemed like the straw that broke the camel’s back on the year from H-E-double hockey sticks. Or, as one witty Twitter user put it, the president testing positive had to be the middle spot on the 2020 bingo card.
Amazingly, though, this year hasn’t been all bad. Good things have happened. Some of those things were personal – babies being born, creative weddings, new jobs or opportunities. Some will hopefully become larger trends – more time spent with families, a focus on work-life balance, way less traffic!
Some things are even completely tangible. News headlines may be dominated by coronavirus and protests, but just consider some of these things that have happened in 2020 on the local and national scene:
Slipping the surly bonds of Earth: SpaceX became the first private company to send humans to the International Space Station. One of those astronauts, Robert L. (Bob) Behnken, was from St. Louis. Nothing is quite as thrilling as watching a someone local do something truly remarkable – and do it with grace and class.
The Cardinal Way: The Redbirds were able to overcome early positive COVID-19 tests and still make the playoffs. This October, we get to once again, “Root, root, root for the home team.”
Peace on Earth: The United States brokered peace agreements between Israel and two middle east countries, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Yadi, Yadi, Yadi: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina collected his 2,000th career hit, which should stamp a guaranteed ticket to Cooperstown.
Local Kid Done Good: St. Louis-native Pat Maroon won a second consecutive Stanley Cup. It might not have been for the Blues this time, but we are still awfully proud of him.
Wonder Chicken: A preserved skull of an ancestor to modern day chickens was discovered. This bird probably walked among the dinosaurs.
A home for Fido: People are adopting more pets than ever before. Some estimates suggest that we are adopting 400% more pets than in previous years.
Even on the medical front: Africa was declared free of wild polio, just the second virus to be eradicated on the continent since smallpox. Plus, a second human was declared cured of HIV through stem cell treatments.
Humanity has an amazing capacity for good, an amazing capacity for healing, an amazing capacity for progress. Even in 2020, when we all feel under siege, we have accomplished so much. Private enterprise put humans in space and scientists found another clue in the evolution of animals.
We are going to get through this, just hang in there, everybody. We are amazing creatures.
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