Day 1233: Take Care

At the end of a social interaction,  I often take care to say “Take care” instead of

  • see you later,
  • have a good one,
  • ciao,
  • au revoir,
  • adios,
  • ta ta for now,
  •  so long,
  • farewell,
  • auf wiedersehen,
  • adieu, or
  • goodbye.

Sometimes, I take good care to say, “Take good care.”

When people hear “take care” or “take good care,”  I wonder how they take that?

In therapy sessions, before I say “Take care,” we often discuss self-care and other ways to take care of oneself and others.

Yesterday, I took care to take some photos, which I shall take care to explain.


Somebody is taking care, there, to announce the presence of a Masshole driver. If you are not from Massachusetts, I will take care to explain that  “Masshole” is a variant of a common anatomical insult, which I often take care not to use.


I take care to take pictures of things I find curious.  Is that driver taking care to tell us he works in the oil industry?  If so, what else does he take care of?


My work computer is taking care there to alert me about a previous failure. How am I supposed to take care of that? How do we take care of any previous failures? I took care by following advice I take care to give people. That is, I took care to forget about that past failure and moved on for the rest of the day. Thankfully, my computer took care to forget about it, too. For now, I’m a fan.

I take care to take pictures of people taking care to express themselves. One of the care-taking doctors where I work had taken care, over the weekend, to add another sticky to a funny poster about new diagnostic codes. You can take care of seeing more of that poster in a post I took care of last year,  Day 1005: What is success? 


I’m taking care there to make sure that people take care to remember to page Social Work if a patient needs somebody caring to take care of them immediately. I hope we take care to add another caring person to take care of Wednesdays, soon.


I take care to use hand-outs about self-care in my therapy groups. If I take good care  to remember the first question on that self-care handout, I believe it’s “What does self care mean to you?”


I took care to take that photo of a caring poster about mammograms.

When I got home, I took this caring photo of our cat Oscar, taking care to sit in his new cat bed.


My boyfriend Michael took care of me and my son Aaron by taking care to cook another delicious meal.

Taking care of  the music today is this song from The Sound of Music

… which relates to the beginning of this post, if you take care to re-read it.

Now it’s your turn to take care of the comments.

Take care, everybody, and thank you for reading!


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43 thoughts on “Day 1233: Take Care

  1. Thanks take care too

  2. Ooroo (that’s another goodbye) and take care to you too.

  3. Take good care (of yourself), Ann.

  4. Two weeks ago there was a horrific wildfire in the northern part of our Province that resulted in the evacuation of an entire city. Over 80,000 people were forced to flee. Those whose homes are still standing have not yet been allowed home — the air quality is abysmal, city services still not completely restored.

    While they are living in other Alberta cities, they are hoping those keeping watch over their city take good care of their homes. They are counting on the places they are living temporarily to take good care of them. And, I am hoping they are taking good care of the emotional trauma of such an event by seeing people like you who take good care of ensuring people have the tools to take good care of themselves.

    Your sharing of Good-bye from The Sound of Music made me think of the evacuees from Ft McMurray. When the von Trapp family was fleeing their home that night and sang that song at the concert, they too faced an uncertain future. I am sure that they too were hoping in their flight, that someone would take good care of their home, and those they met on their journey would take good care of them.

    You are a take good care person Ann. And in your taking good care, you create a world where fear of not being taken good care of diminishes.

    And yup — I hijacked your post this morning — and gave me a good opportunity to ensure I sincerely wish you Take Good Care of you. Hugs

    • Thanks for posting this. We haven’t seen much of the Ft. McMurray story lately. It’s so easy to see your connection to the Sound of Music. They must be devastated.

  5. What’s the opposite of “take care”? Give care?
    I wish more people would take care when they drive, like your Masshole. They are in every state. My daughter and grandson and I took the Sound of Music in October so love your song choice today.

  6. Oscar looks so content. I often say take good care to people-I think it stems from my Pastoral Care volunteering days when I would leave a patient. I meant it very literally then. I do think it has a more personal feel than saying “Later!” or “See ya!” So on that note, take care Ann and have a great day!

  7. It intrigues me that in other languages common valedictions really mean “until we meet again”. That’s the literal meaning of the French “au revoir”, the German “Auf Wiedersehen” and even Russian’s “dasvidania”. The major exceptions I can think of are Spanish–“adios” is literally “I commend you to God” and English, “good bye” which I always think sounds like “it’s good that I’m saying ‘bye’ to you.”
    “Take care” is much better.

  8. I always end emails with a “take care” – I see it on many levels. Take care what you say, take care how you treat people and take care crossing the street. It’s dangerous out there.

  9. Take care today, Ann. Hasta manana.

  10. I just realized how often I end a correspondence with “take care”. Thanks, Ann, for taking care of your blogging friends. 💘

  11. Carol Ferenc

    Oscar looks happy with his new bed, Ann. You’re such a caring cat-mom.
    I often use “take care” at the end of phone conversations or emails. It’s so much simpler than saying “auf wiedersehen.”

  12. I take care of myself by bringing joy in my life. One of the ways I do that is by reading your blog.

  13. I often say CHOW MAIN instead of goodbye. A play on ciao`. I can’t say ciao` without saying main. Anyway. That’s how I’m taking care of my social interaction here today. Chow main.

  14. I do like “Take care” when parting than other words. It sounds much more warmer to me.

  15. I take care when waking because I do not want to end up kissing the pavement, and trust me if there is anything that one can trip over I will find it and end up face planting the ground. I also take care to not let those who love and care for me see how badly my right arm is at times, I don’t want them to worry.

  16. I wanted to take care to tell you how much I care for that song!

  17. Repetition may make for good self care!

  18. Leturos

    I also say “take care”. When someone says it to be I take i is a sign of caring, a word to the wise to remember that I should be prepared for the unexpected, that i should be careful. Masshole – when people visited me when I lived in the Boston area and we went downtown I warned them not to step off the curb because “they’ll hit you”. IWhetehr or not this is true, I always took extra care” when I was in the city. A member of the MIT-Harvard continent of a usenet group I used to hang out with in the 90’s was from NYC. Back then, NY had started fining people for beeping their horns. She would probably not have been fined if she’d beeped hers there and she would have. She’d have forgotten to take care and would have reflexively leaned on her horn whenever another car annoyed her. She’d’ done it so often that instead of “beep” he little car’s horn made a barely audible “bzzz” sound. Thanks for reminding me about her. I should send her a note. One that ends with “take care”.

  19. ‘Take care’ can be an appropriate phrase, especially, perhaps, at a therapy session; but I really dislike it as a standard farewell, because it seems to imply that something unpleasant is about to happen

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