New Year’s Eve 2020
Now, when you say good-bye don’t be rude, don’t roll your eyes, or angrily brood aloof with arms militarily crossed. Don’t toss your heavy head with flippant airs, don’t stare like a stony statue dead. Don’t slam the door, don’t pour saccharine sarcasm in your mouth then spit it out on the departing guest who, it’s true, has left a right royal mess. Nevertheless the rules of hospitality must be kept with impartiality. And if the going year has not exactly endeared itself to you, to us, it certainly spent much time in our shrinking homes: that alone is argument enough for courtesy when Twenty-Twenty takes its leave. Always it behooves the host to prove the mettle of her kindness. Never mistreat a guest. Never a bridge burn. You never know how it will go… someday you may return.