Happy New Year
It’s that time of the year when you don’t know if you should still be wishing people Happy New Year. Some people wish everyone Happy New Year when they interact with someone for the first time in the new year. I did that as well, but what if am seeing someone in March for the first time in the new year or even in February, do i still wish them Happy New Year? I really don’t know when the cutoff to stop wishing people Happy New Year is.
Yesterday I went to the local grocery store to buy some pineapple. I was standing in the line for less than 16 items to cash out. The girl in front of me let me get ahead of her, I guess she was being nice since I only had 1 item. She herself barely had 5 items, so I was questioning myself if i should take the offer. By the time i finished my thought i had already taken her offer. Then my eyes fell on this bouquet of flowers which were very colourful. I have never bought flowers for any female in my life without a little part of me asking ‘why am i doing this?’. I have always felt strange about gifting someone something that is already dead. I prefer to gift a plant, but regardless of what i think, flowers continue to hold their importance in providing emotional value. As I picked up the flowers a part of me felt “I am falling prey to product placement because i didn’t plan on buying these flowers, they were just conveniently located for me”. Regardless of the push from my brain I was sure about buying these flowers more than i was ever in my lifetime. I knew they would be really appreciated by a special someone. The special someone i was buying these flowers for, someone i was on my way to see. I knew she would be happy to see them.
By this point I was next in line. The person in front of me finished their transaction and the cashier greeted them by saying ‘Happy New Year’. It really stuck out to me considering it was Jan 17th. I wasn’t completely aware of the date but her words still stuck out to me. I felt the urge to ask her, but i didn’t. She finished my transaction and wished me Happy New Year as well. I was still trying to gather the courage to ask her why she is still wishing people Happy New Year, but i said nothing. She was now tending to the person behind me. While thinkingI ‘now it’s really too late to ask her’ i uttered the words. “So how long do you have to say this?” “What do you mean” She replied. “How long do you have to wish people?” I asked again. “I don’t have to do this, it’s my own thing. I wanted to do this” she answered with a little bit of a pride. I wasn’t really expecting that, this surprised me even more. I asked her what the cut off date is to know how long she was planning to do this. “It’s gonna stop after tomorrow, it’s 2 weeks”. I walked away content with that answer thinking that she really knows what she is doing. At the same time I was admiring her effort to do this out of her own willingness.
The next day I looked at the calendar once again and I realized that 2 weeks had already passed by then. It was January 18 th now and if she was really honest about the two weeks thing she should have already stopped wishing people. Her answer now raised more questions and the quest goes on. Who knows maybe i’ll go back to the store and ask for an explanation, although that would be a little bit strange on my part, but hey i did say ‘maybe’