By the time you read this, 2019 will be underway. 

I hope the new year will be a good one. It will be a brand new year — a clean slate.  

It seems as though time is whizzing by at the warp speed nowadays.

I’m convinced that earlier in my life, it didn’t go by this fast. I swear it took five years back then for just one year to pass by. It seemed as though Christmas and birthdays would never get here, despite the fact every one kept saying they arrived once every 365 days. It seems like it took 40 forevers, plus one day, before you got old enough to drive a car or you reached the age you could officially graduate from high school and be an adult. 

I didn’t understand it then, but Grandma Jones often repeated it: “Son, (the pre-adult years) are the happiest days of your life.”

What no one tells you, is that something happens when you have to start being an adult.

In addition to having to get a job, pay all the bills including the taxes ­— and having to do your own laundry — and having all sorts of other responsibilities and headaches thrust upon you, time goes all haywire and goofy on you, too.

In spite of all that, a new year is upon us again. 

Several years ago, I began this custom of sharing with you some headlines I’d like to see in the new year. I’m also going to add some I don’t want to see. 

• President Trump gets laryngitis, even on Twitter®: I generally don’t wish any ill on people, but for Pete’s sake (and mine, too), I wish the guy would just shut up for a minute. Maybe you enjoy chaos, disorder, disarray, name calling, lying and hysteria. I don’t. And, I wish, as my dear friend, the late, great, Libby Parrish used to say,  the president would “just be nice.” I don’t think he is capable of it. I am still baffled at how we ever ended up with someone like him as the President of the United States. Oh, I understand the other party’s nominee was just as awful, but two wrongs don’t make a right. I, personally, am already looking for alternatives in 2020. How about former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Louisiana Senator John Kennedy for the GOP and  Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana for the Democrats?  

In the meantime, can’t we just all get along?

Why is it that both parties think hating and never talking to anyone on the other side and never making deals is a good strategy. The system wasn’t designed to work that way.  And, it doesn’t work. And, sadly, in 2019, there are indications that will continue.

The headline I don’t want to see is: “Trump continues boorish behavior, tweets all night.” 

• Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi become the adults at the daycare: Someone up there in Washington has to be the adult in the room and get things done. Maybe it is Mitch and Nancy. It’s happened before. Think Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill. Think Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich. All of those guys were polar opposites in ideology and style, but in the end, they cut deals that led to the prosperity of the 1980s and 1990s. We are Americans. We can do this. We can work together for the common good. We always have. We must.

The headline I don’t want to see: “Government shutdown lasts all of 2019”.

• Falcons, Dawgs, Braves and Bears have championship years: How about them Bears?  Wasn’t this past season a magical one for the Bears? I’m an Appling County Pirate alumnus and I just said that — in print and to be recorded in the archives for perpetuity. The atmosphere was great in Bearville this past year. How about the Braves? Last season felt the most like 1991, since, well, 1991. The Falcons, well, let’s don’t go there. They are as forlorn and depressing as my love life.  And, the Dawgs? Doggone it. We just can’t beat ‘Bama. 

The headline that would give me a headache: “Alabama repeats as National Champions.”

The one that would make the headache go away?

“Saban declared King of the World, retires from Alabama.” 

• Sara Evans visits Pierce County: I actually gave up on this one and went to see her live and in person in Augusta a few weeks ago. There are three reasons I like Sara Evans. She is easy on the eyes. She can sing like a bird. And, she is easy on the eyes. 

The one I don’t want to read: Sara Evans doesn’t visit Pierce County.

• 2019 is the best year ever. 

I’d like to eventually settle down and have a family maybe. I keep wondering if this will be the year. Oh well, let’s not go off into that deep subject. Instead, let’s hope for the best year ever.

The bad headline would be the opposite. Let’s not let that happen.

Hope 2019 is better than any in the past.

Happy New Year!

• Jason Deal is a staff writer for The Blackshear Times. Reach him at jdeal@theblacksheartimes.com.

Jason Deal can be reached at jdeal@theblacksheartimes.com or (912) 449-6693.