There is a commercial (for a credit card, I think) in which the very perky checkout girl at a toy store tells the customer, “Have a super sparkly day.” The customer says, “Okay,” in a tone that strongly suggests that she does not appreciate the sentiment. You know what? I don’t think I would have any problem with someone telling me to “Have a super sparkly day.” I might think it was odd and silly but I would be more likely to laugh than to have any reaction similar to the woman in the commercial. And I would much prefer it to “Have a blessed day,” which seems to be increasingly popular around here.
You know, maybe I’m a bad person. I suppose there’s nothing wrong with wishing someone a “blessed day”. In the minds of the people who say this it’s the best kind of day for a person to have. They are only wishing me the kind of day that they would like to have themselves. But, I’m sorry, it sort of creeps me out a little bit. It gives me that inner skin crawly feeling. I really blame those people who complain about the traditional, “Have a nice day.” How many people would have ever thought of saying anything else if someone hadn’t tried to make them feel bad about telling people to have a nice day?
That commercial has me thinking though. What other alternatives to “Have a nice day,” could we think of? Maybe I should start telling people, “Have a shiny day.”