In the last eight to 10 months, how many conversations have you started with, “Well, last year — no, wait — that was two years ago.”

One of the side effects of the great pandemic pause was to create a sort of blur, a memory hole into which much of the year fell. It’s as if we just had a really, really long March and then moved on.

Peter Greene resides in Franklin and is a retired Franklin High School English teacher. He can be reached by email at pagreene@outlook.com.

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