January 2021

T E X A R K A N A M O N T H LY

A SARINE THOUGHT… OR TWO COLUMN BY EMI LY SARINE

Remembering toMove Forward

Ah, 2021! Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes? While the spectacular shenanigans of your predecessor are, for the most part, best left to the recesses of our minds, some things are worth noting as we begin with you. Whether good, bad or ugly, many lessons were learned, and are necessary to remember, to move successfully into brighter days. THE GOOD While 2020 proved to be a very trying year, it was not unfruitful. Yes, there were shutdowns, reopenings, natural disasters, a public health crisis, social discourse and very scary circumstances in abundance. Amid the pandemonium however, I discovered two very significant life impacting treasures about myself and my family. First, when it comes to social and extra-curricular activities, quality is paramount to quantity. My pre-2020 scale measured fun and enjoyment as a successfully held commodity based solely on frequency. In any given week, there might have been multiple sports games for my son, ball practices, meetings, dinner and lunch dates and a couple of church services at a minimum. The Sarines were rolling in the proverbial “social dough.” We had loads of it. Then 2020 hit, our social dough seemed to ferment and sour. Everything came to a screeching halt. It was just the three of us in our home doing what needed to be done with no outside buffers. Here is what I learned: It was not the frequency of socializing I missed, but

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