Pardon Day was inspired by the exoneration of Richard Nixon of any wrongful involvement in the Watergate scandal. President Ford’s confident day of hope happened on September 8, 1974. This is the day to beg forgiveness for any social infractions you may have committed.
Apologize profusely for utterances of rudeness or insult. You didn’t mean to say that your coworker looked like a hippopotamus when she strode into the office wearing a shapeless dress.
Come on! Is it really necessary to continue grinding the axe because your neighbor’s 24-year-old son batted a baseball through your stained glass window when he was ten? It’s time to bury the hatchet.
Tell your parents how sorry you are for all the adolescent angst and nightmares you put them through. Make a list for reference because there’s probably a decade of inconsiderate grievances – everything from exaggerated sighs to rebellious breaches of curfew.
Pardon Day also creates an opportunity to revisit good manners, so make it a point to beg pardon when warranted. A sincere apology and request for forgiveness is a reasonable quest because everyone deserves a second chance.