Well don't expect a Happy New Year type greeting from me. I am sure you understand the reasons. I would not want your year to start off in flames because you were waiting for me to wish you some sort of benign annual event. Any interpretations of this statement as a sort of Happy New Year greeting are to be strictly avoided. Some fast from meats and strong drink. It is my burden to fast from Happy New Year greetings, it seems. Sigh.
My dear Tina, I sympathize - I, too, have a knack for randomly picking the exactly wrong thing, as well. It is a talent, I believe. In my case, in any group of children whom I don't know very well, I will inevitably choose the one child who is so terribly shy that he is even terrified to mention that he is dyslexic - I ask this poor child to proclaim the First Reading at the children's Mass, and he stands there at the Ambo, trembling and terrified. All of the other children, of course, are always good readers, and confident public speakers. But I am a horrible monster, for picking on this poor child. (Because somehow, you are just supposed to "know," right?) So then, out of fear of doing the same thing to some other poor kid, I don't ask any of the children to read, and then everyone gets mad because I am not including the children - what, do I think they can't read, or something? :-p
I thought about trying again and wishing you a Happy New Year for some other year, but I have lost all confidence in my ability to effectively and successfully obtain any sort of change towards the good as a result of these efforts. Crushed, I will move on to other pursuits in hopes that somewhere, in some thing, somehow I may experience the faint glimmer of success. The wishing Happy New Year business is clearly beyond my abilities and capacities, and I will leave it for those who can aspire to those heights without presumption, those who can soar while I crawl, those who, well, THIS is turning into a miserable Happy New Years greeting, but such is my fate and further proof that my victories will be on some other field. And it all seemed so innocuous.