A proliferation of ‘Happy New Year.’ But Easter eggs are coming soon.

Thomas without tablet (de)vice

Thomas without tablet (de)vice

There has been an unusual number of repeat ‘Happy New Year’ wishes this time. Did anyone else notice it? Perhaps with the hectic use and proliferation of a multitude of IT connectivity such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. there are more opportunities than ever before to give Happy New Year wishes. That’s apart from the Jacquie Lawson E-Cards. It becomes confusing and one should really keep a little book in which to record those friends that were wished ‘a Happy New Year’.

I too have re-wished Happy New Year to the same people several times over. We don’t want to be seen as stingy when it comes to wish well to others in the coming year. Of course, wishing and achieving ‘wellness’ is a different kettle of fish. We all do our best.

There are now more books than ever on achieving ‘happy’. Although I suspect that cookery books still beat ‘happy’ books. Last week, just before Christmas, a cranky woman stormed out of our local bookshop. She looked at me with hurricane eyes. I and our dog Milo were waiting patiently outside. I immediately dove down for cover. There is nothing more dangerous than facing a cranky woman exiting a book-store. I mean, what if she had stormed out of a butcher shop and I was waiting for Helvi to order some lamb-chops? All those knives about? To become furious inside a book-shop is unusual. What could have been the reason for her steaming-hot ire? Were it all those diabolic Cricket books or the Pork Belly recipe Books featured in the window? The picture of crackling so real, some hungry vagabond had started to chew on its cover.

I did not have much time to consider possible reasons for her fury, and by squatting down I drew attention to our Jack Russell, Milo. I petted him and said somewhat inanely; “good boy, good boy.” It was absolutely the right thing to have done. It took the murderous intent away from the woman. She melted in front of us and her eyes relented, becalming the raging mind storm. I thought it safe to venture carefully about the reason for her fury; “It’s all so hopeless, isn’t it,” I said, encouraged by her becalmed facial expressions. “Oh, yes, she repeated, all is hopeless. Where are all the children books? They should be at the front and not all those stupid cooking books. I have to buy thirteen presents and I want good children books.”

I immediately agreed heartily and egged her on by; “I bet those cookery books are bought by people who never cook, they are always seen to come home, night after night with pizza boxes under their arms or plastic bags with take-away Chinese muck.” She was now as calm as a lamb and after patting Milo crossed the street to be on her way looking for thirteen present to buy. I suppose, for her grand-children.
Don’t you like it though that she got so upset about the children books not being at the front of the shop, especially at Christmas time?

What is it about all those cooking books? Even on the TV. Show after show. It makes me furious too.

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19 Responses to “A proliferation of ‘Happy New Year.’ But Easter eggs are coming soon.”

  1. lifecameos Says:

    Happy New Year – if that’s all right with you. If not, just delete me. That is another option.

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  2. leggypeggy Says:

    I suppose it’s good to be furious about something. Have I wished you a Happy New Year yet?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Yvonne Says:

    I think I may have wished you Happy New Year a few times, but, what the heck? It’s only 3 little words that mean so much, like “I’m your friend”.


  4. bkpyett Says:

    You behaved impeccably Gerard, getting the poor woman to eat out of your hand! You’re right about cookery books, they are wonderful to look at though! I have a shelf full and cook the same things time and again after looking at them.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the poor woman was upset because all the books suitable for children were hidden at the back of the shop. Surely, children still like receiving books for Christmas presents.
      I mean what does a ten year old do with cookery book on how to prepare and baste a piglet on a rotating spit after having seen ‘Babe’?
      We too have some cookery books but I generally don’t follow any recipe. I chuck things together and hope for the best.

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  5. shoreacres Says:

    I have a friend who could leave you speechless and sputtering. She has perhaps two hundred cookbooks — and I say “perhaps” only because the total might be higher. She reads them like some people read novels. Flour, sugar, butter and eggs are the characters she likes best.

    I’ve been trying to remember the last time I truly was furious about something, so I could share the story with you, but I haven’t pulled anything up yet. So, I’ll just wish you Bonne année and skedaddle!

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  6. jennypellett Says:

    Oh I get fed up with all the cookery shows too. We’ve even got shows on cleaning your house. With my aversion to all things domestic, some nights pose a viewing challenge.
    I’ve done enough happy New yearing- its back to work today, routine and drudgery. Blissful normality😀

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Jenny. It is absolute bliss to have the silly seasons abating. There is a sense of pure relief on the streets. People are happy again. I noticed a man sitting on a bench just smiling by himself.


  7. rod Says:

    I agree with Jenny. In addition to the books are the cookery programmes on TV, far too many of them, it seems to me, though we don’t have to watch them.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Rod. That is true. We never really study the TV programs and have a habit to just wantonly switch on the National channels, ABC and SBS, hoping to be surprised. But, with ageing comes repeats. The Government has cut funding those TV channels so we get endless repeats. I am surprised we don’t get a re-run of ‘I love Lucy, or even ‘Bonanza.’
      The repeats are not always in a right order. Often an older looking Rick Stein suddenly next day has a much younger look. The same with Nigella Lawson, a rather stout countenance suddenly morphs into a youthful but none-the-less busty personage slurping the cream with strawberries…
      It’s not easy, Rod


  8. Andrew Says:

    I have to start all over again in a few weeks. Chinese New Year. Kung hei fat Choi!


  9. chris hunter Says:

    Wow! “hurricane eyes.”


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