Orange County Insight 12/2020

Ted Talk

Goodbye 2020

I ’ m a firm believer in waiting until after Thanksgiving to put up any Christmas decorations. My thought is that we need to appreciate each holiday as a separate and distinct event and give it the attention it deserves. This year, however, I put up some decorations early, and my wife heartily supported it. “ More joy however we can get it, ” she exclaimed, “ especially this year! ” With a chill in the air and the festive decorations going up in Orange and Gordonsville, I am enjoying a little bit of normalcy and familiarity during a year I will not soon forget, but can ’ t wait to put behind us. I invite you to take time out from the holiday preparations to spend at least a little time enjoying the atmosphere, renewing your spirit, and just taking some “ down time. ” I always promise myself I will do that, only to end up in a mad rush to get things done before the end of the year. Not this time. We all deserve the chance to decompress and recharge our batteries after the year we ’ ve been through. As I look back on the year, despite the adversities, we ’ ve accomplished a great deal. To me this demonstrates the power of the human spirit and our ability as an organization and a community to be creative and resilient. I ’ ll be looking forward to working with you in 2021. Imagine what we can do together when things are more “ normal. ”

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

- Ted Voorhees, Orange County Administrator

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