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Happy New Year’s (and Beyond)

In significant insignificancies, thoughtless patterns on January 1, 2016 at 1:31 am

It’s an annual grumble of mine, mostly in places where I’ve sworn not to pick at people’s grammar, that well-meaning writers, with little more than an apostrophe, limit their good wishes to a single day. It’s clear to me that they don’t know they’re doing that when they leave off the designation “Day” that should follow the -’s. But it’s clearly a matter of carelessness.

Maybe it’s that we’ve forgotten what this “wishing” thing is about. It’s not just something you say, but an expression of hope for another’s well-being, or literally for that other’s happiness. It’s all too easily tossed off, in fact easier in currently fraught contexts than “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.”

Everyone gets a new year, whether we like it or not, whether or not we make resolutions and see it as a fresh start. But I’m always for mindfulness, for paying as much attention to what I say as to what I do. To say it without thought devalues it, and maybe that’s what makes me question the sincerity of an Internet conversant — or even a grocery clerk — who tosses it to me with the -’s and without the Day. I really would like to have all the wishes for happiness in 2016 that I can get. I do think it matters.

Thus, I wish you happiness in 2016, heartfelt wishes even if I don’t have an opportunity to say it more directly and warmly than in this post. The whole year. Happiness and joy.

While we’re at it, that’s not “well wishes.” Where you get your water is your business.

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