(Mike Allen)

“A little messy, but we’re cleaning up” is about the best way I can describe the end of 2021. There are certainly many things to look forward to in 2022 — and looking forward with optimism is a natural thing to do — but as I reflect back on the past year, I’d say we actually did come out on the positive side, especially considering where we were just a year ago.

At this time last year, I could count on one hand the amount of times I had seen my friends in the previous eight months, and only a few more times for my immediate family. That wouldn’t change for a few more months, when I became fully vaccinated. I know that many across the state and country experienced a similar situation, if not in even more isolation. Furthermore, my problems, as much as I was focused on them, paled in comparison to families that actually lost someone, their home or their livelihood to COVID-19. If we consider the rippling effects that the pandemic has had on society, I can’t stress enough how terrible 2020 was.

Perhaps, it’s a matter of perspective. Where were you a year ago, and where are you now? It isn’t going to be the same for any two people. My view of 2021 is that it was a far cry from 2020, but it wasn’t perfect. I would say perfection should not the goal for 2022 either, but maybe if we keep cleaning it’ll be tidy enough.

Past Sundaze comics

Tune up the air conditioning on Santa’s sleigh
Atoka Public Schools: ‘The leaders in southeast Oklahoma on esports’
Our precious: OU will haver a new football coach soon
Gaining function: Hunters fear of COVID-19 in deer
Infrastructure bill will fuel perpetual construction
Squeegee your third eye for the new congressional map
Zuckerberg’s Meta description previews new nightmare
‘Stop trying to figure out a way to retrofit the old jail’
Edmond voters say: Not in the backyard of my park
QuikTrip in OKC means delicious competition
Oklahomans sniffle through invasion of the allergens
Big bet: Restarting the conversation on sportsbook
Sick and tired of summer each September
Waiting for our old buddy, Personal Responsibility
Finally burger time? In-N-Out should be in OKC
The delta variant is getting a little too trendy
Git along little dogies: It’s SEC or bust
California fires bring the hazy days of summer to OKC
Western lows: The unclear motivations of Western Heights board members
Despite housing prices, more mosquitoes moving in
Pizza and other strange things are afoot at the Circle K
Canoo tax incentives more elusive than great blue whale
Where is the beef? Where is the receipt?
‘The COVID 19’ lingers around the waistband
The complex puzzle of OU’s Cross Village dorms
Sonic seltzer: The Oklahoma collaboration we didn’t know we needed