Thankful for 2020 despite its problems

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2020 has been a year for the history books. A worldwide pandemic, deaths, quarantine, lockdowns, masks, unemployment, economic downturn, racial tensions, riots, political battles and an uncertain presidential election are just a few of the unbelievable events that this year has hurled at us.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, it might be hard for some of us to find reasons to be thankful during this year of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. My outlook on 2020 may be a bit different than yours, but then my mamma always told me that the way you choose to view a situation makes a world of difference. “No matter how bad things seem,” she would say, “there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” And you know what? As mothers usually are, she was right.

In spite of the chaos of 2020, here are just a few of the things that I am thankful for this year.

I was given an amazing opportunity to write for a living. Writing has been my passion since I was in junior high school. Writing for The Gazette has been a dream come true.

Writing for The Gazette has also afforded me the privilege of getting to know Farmerville and Union Parish and the people who live and work here. I have never met a more accepting, friendly and hard working group of people and I am honored to get to work among them.

During the lockdown I was at home alone most of the time. During most of the daylight hours I was out walking in my neighborhood. I met some pretty amazing people including the man I will spend the rest of my life with.

2020 also brought me closer to God. I had so much time alone and while I am a natural introvert, too much alone time was getting old. And then I realized that I wasn’t alone. God was there all day every day. My prayer time and relationship with my Savior has flourished this year.

My family has grown so much closer during 2020. My mom and dad, sister and all my nieces and nephews have bonded in a way that would not have been possible without 2020.

This year of uncertainty and unknowns has made me very thankful for our policemen and women and all that they must face. They sacrifice their own safety every single day to protect and serve. Every time we see one of them we should offer our heartfelt gratitude.

Watching the political scene and turmoil of 2020 has made me so thankful that I live in America, the land of the free. We must all make sure that we protect those freedoms and never take those privileges for granted.

I am thankful for my beautiful boys and the two new precious boys that have come into my life.

While 2020 proved a difficult and treacherous year, there are also some amazing blessings that would not have happened without the events of this year.

Thursday as I am enjoying our Day of Thanks with a very small family gathering, I will remember all these blessings. I pray that you have a blessed day and that you are able to find some bright spots in your 2020.

I pray God’s blessings on you and your family and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Charlette Madden is a Mother of 2, a Louisiana Tech graduate and serves as Editor and Advertising Director for The Gazette. Contact her via email at