A reader who came across my blog only recently mentioned that she was busy reading my earlier posts. She placed comments on a few items, including one I had written some time ago. (Thanks! I appreciate comments.) The post in question was related to aging.
I won’t name the person or link to the post because I don’t know if the commenter would be embarrassed by being spotlighted in this way. She seems to be an exceptionally nice person (based on the fact she said she liked my blog), so I don’t want to do anything that might embarrass her. (Note to the those of you who are not as nice as her: you’re fair game.)
In her comment on my post about getting on in years, the commenter noted that she regretted the end of her internal calendar, her periods.
Clearly, this is not something I can relate to personally. And it confused me. Why would anyone lament losing her periods? Then I thought about it. Now I understand the heartbreak of her loss.
It must be personally devastating to experience the end of one’s periods. All I can say to that reader is, I understand how you feel about the loss of your periods, but that is all the more reason to fight to keep your commas, colons, semicolons, ellipses, hyphens, dashes, quotations marks, question marks, exclamation marks and brackets. In particular, fight to retain possession of your apostrophes.
Keep in mind that, despite the passing of your periods being tragic, by carefully wording your sentences, a good semicolon, or even an ellipsis or exclamation mark, can, in a pinch, make a fine substitute for a period.
No need to thank me for this advice. I’m here to help.
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