In December, we often find ourselves reflecting on events of the past year. But 2020 has been a bit of a doozie. At this juncture, I suspect I’ll find little objection to shifting our collective gaze forward, rather than back. And there’s nothing wrong with that. While there is much to be learned through a backward glance, a little extra consideration of the year ahead won’t hurt any of us.
What projects might you tackle in 2021? What new interests might you pursue? Who might help you learn something new? How can you help your club plan its best show ever? Will you grow your collection, or reduce it? What can you do to help someone else get interested in old iron?
Let’s not get bogged down in resolutions. But let’s do stay open to new things in our lives. None of us are ever too old to learn a new trick or two!
And finally, a gentle request for your continued patience! Mail delivery to our offices is considerably disrupted by the fact that most staffers are still working from home. Delivery of Farm Collector mail – and in particular, delivery of responses to What Is It mystery tools – is occurring, but it is a slow and cumbersome process involving gathering the mail … and then putting it back in the mail stream to reach my desk. Ever heard of twice-baked potatoes? Double features? Extra innings? It all takes longer now.
Those of you who are mailing responses and hopeful of seeing your names in print should respond as soon as possible after receiving your issue in the mail: ideally within a week. Many responses now arrive after the issue has gone to the printer, and unfortunately, it is not possible for us to play “catch up.” Please know that we very much want to include your correct answers, but unless you send them very quickly, at least for the foreseeable future, it will not be possible. We remain grateful for your patience!
We also remain grateful for your support. Your enthusiasm for this hobby, your willingness to share a story or a photo, the kind words you send our way – all of this makes this work not only easier but a pleasure. From all of us at Farm Collector, our very best wishes that your new year will be bright and happy! FC