Can the good one, please

I am done letting the phrase “Have a good one” slide by without comment.

Most people don’t mean any harm by it, I know, which is why I’ve kept quiet. But I must have heard it one too many times, and maybe what grates me is I don’t know why.

Have a good what? A good day? Then why not say that? “One” isn’t any shorter.

Maybe asking people “A good one what?” is too critical. Maybe just “I’m sorry?” as if I didn’t hear, in the hope they’ll think about what they say? Unlikely. The same parroted phrase likely will just pop out again.

Maybe if I brightly say “Have a good two!” some wheels will spin. Or not.

I didn’t think I’d be a curmudgeon at 44. Maybe the best thing to do is count myself fortunate this is what’s troubling me.

This post originally appeared on, the online home of the Midland (MI) Daily News. Republished with permission.

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