What Kind of Day?

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.”

5 thoughts on “What Kind of Day?

  1. fillyjonk

    Tone of voice is important. I once had someone wish me a blessed day in a tone of voice that suggested they were thinking quite the opposite. (Now that’s something to make your skin crawl).

    Super sparkly day? My reaction to that would depend on my mood. If I were happy and relaxed I’d probably chuckle, if I were harried or sad I’d probably give the person a look like, “Really?”

    I dunno. I’ve also had people wish me a “nice” day in such a bloodless and automaton way – or in a slightly hostile way. And frankly, if they don’t really feel it? I’d rather they didn’t bother to wish it to me. I suppose their corporate overlords require it (just like at the Books A Million they have to push the magazine subscriptions at the checkout), but it just doesn’t mean anything when the person says it either thinking the opposite or says it because they HAVE to.

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