WOW, 2020!


Photo by Cherice Taylor
2020 … whew, what a start
Happy New Year!
What, Kobe’s gone?
Coronavirus is here!
Telework and school work are now what is known.
Isolation, illness, death, repeat
Please follow directions, 
so once again we’ll be able to go out and eat.
Families together, yet apart.
Zoom and FaceTime to the rescue
That darn technology sure is smart
What’s the lesson? 
Why has the world been brought to her knees?
What’s the lesson?
What do you see?
I see giving. I see dedication. 
I see sacrifice. I see collaboration. 
I see families walking, talking, resting and grieving. 
I see gratitude, bravery, selfless cooperation and some desperation.
What’s the lesson? 
2020, you’ve made us reset. 
You’ve made us slow down. 
It took a pandemic to bring back humanity. 
It took a pandemic to make the world pause. 
I am hopeful and prayerful 
that we have learned the lesson. 
2020, let integrity and 
love guide the next part.
By Cherice Flanagan Taylor
Copyright 4/13/2020

Photo by Cherice Flanagan Taylor

More by Cherice: read her poem, Flowers Amid the Masks, and her interview of Lisa Niver at Time Matters

Cherice Flanagan Taylor

Cherice Taylor, M.A. Education Administration, is the creator and host of Time Matters! on Facebook. She is a relationship builder, poet and a former educator with over 10 years experience at the preschool through high school levels. As the former community engagement manager for a local school division, she was recognized by the Rappahannock United Way organization as the Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year (2018), She is a local rotarian with the Rotary Club of Stafford and was recognized for her leadership as the Volunteer Chair in collaboration with local business and community organizations to support Stafford County Public Schools Middle School teachers by donating over 700 care packages.Cherice also created and led the K-12 and Beyond Parent Resource Fair to provide resources to parents and families as they help launch their students to life after high school. A former Mary Kay Sales Director for 6 years and a consultant for 30 years, provided the opportunity to help people, women in particular. Cherice earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA and her Masters in Education Administration from California State University- Dominguez HIlls. She is married to Eric Taylor, a retired Naval Officer, and a mother of four sons. Her eldest son recently graduated from the University of Virginia. She has twins in their senior year of high school that are going through the college application process, and her youngest son is a sophomore in high school. A positive attitude and the belief that sharing pearls of wisdom along with the Golden Rule allows for everyone to improve and reach their personal goals. The belief that if we all do better, then we all do better is why Cherice shares the knowledge she’s acquired and learned over the years and the many pearls of wisdom guests share with her for her Time Matters! Platform. To be a Time Matters! Guest, please find the Facebook page @Howyouspendyourtimematters or contact Cherice at

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