The New Year provides cartoonists with an opportunity to look back at the past year and forward to the next one. In many such cartoons (see the New Year 2017 collection on Cagle.com and this one by Chris Riddell in The Observer), the old year is personified by Father Time, and the new one by a baby. In this cartoon, by Gary Varvel, Father Time is handing a broom to the 2017 baby. The baby is holding a dustpan and will have to sweep up the mess left by the 2016 US Presidential Election. Father Time tells him, 'Boy, I'm glad you're here', pleased that he can now leave all the cleaning up to his successor.
Contrary to what you might think, when Father Time says 'Boy', he's not addressing the baby. 'Boy' is an exclamation used when you are excited or pleased. • Boy, that was a fun ride!