The joy of "good night"

The joy of "good night"

Hello again. I’ve been away from the blog because I’ve caught the worst cold in many years, with such a nasty cough that I’ve been fighting both laryngitis and bronchitis (usually on different days).

But when I’ve been up and around, I’ve been able to keep noticing words. Some words have even taken on fresh importance. For example, there’s the expression “Good night!”

In old-fashioned novels or other writing, you might encounter someone “bidding” or “wishing” someone a good night, not just saying two words.

When you say “Good night,” that’s wishing someone will have a good night.

That feels freshly important to me after a couple of weeks of not knowing whether I could string two hours of sleep together without waking up coughing. Four hours in a row have added up to a treat — and four hours of sleep, if that’s all I get, leaves me a grumpy mess. (Sorry, world.)

So when somebody has bid me “Good night” lately, it’s been special. It’s been a wish I wanted to come true.

Think of that when you say “Good night” someone. Extend it to “Good morning,” too. Don’t we all need all the good wishes we can muster right now?

‘Til next time, dear readers, good night!

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  • Welcome back, and thank you for such a thoughtful post. I'm glad you are feeling better!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thank you -- I'm glad, too.

  • Sleep tight! I am sorry the germies had you down. Glad you are winning now.

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks. The battle's not quite finished, so thanks for the extra ammo of calling the foe "germies."

  • Hi, Margaret. Few things more annoying than not being able to be abed and prone due to a horrid cough. Many good nights to you as you continue to mend!

  • In reply to Michelle Babicz:

    Thank you, Michelle. Many good nights to you, too!

  • Oh, drats! Alternating laryngitis with bronchitis?! I hope you are feeling much better. Good day!

  • In reply to folkloric:

    Thanks... actually, the good days were when they alternated, but both symptoms are going away. In this weather, I just need to behave myself. Good day, and take care!

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