Wednesday’s Child or Hump Day

MotherGooseThis is Wednesday, often referred to as Hump Day.

Have you ever heard the old Mother Goose nursey rhyme about babies born on particular days of the week?

It goes like this:

“Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go;
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for its living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.”

Now, please bear in mind that back when this little rhyme was written gay simply meant happy, so being born on Sunday didn’t automatically determine one’s sexual preferences. Besides that, it’s just a nursery rhyme and probably wasn’t ever intended to be taken seriously.

While there might be something written in the stars about your astrological birthday and where the moon was and what planet was in ascension as you made your debut; the day of the week you happened to be born on really has no bearing on your personality or work habits.

For example, I was born on Wednesday.

Am I full of woe? No! Just the opposite, in fact. It’s my personal belief that almost everything can be made better with laughter and a sunny disposition. Therapists might argue that people like me use humor to mask their feelings. That isn’t true, either, at least not in my case. I wear my feelings on my sleeve and always have. Whatever I’m feeling….the good, the bad and the ugly….is right out there for all and sundry to see.

One can only wonder what the marvelous but sometimes misguided Mother Goose was thinking when she decided that being born on Wednesday doomed a person to a life of misery.

Wednesday is a good day.

It’s mid-week so for the worker bees amongst us who toil Monday through Friday, by the time Wednesday rolls around the week is halfway behind them with them and they’ve hit the halfway mark toward the weekend. In other words, they’re over the hump once Wednesday is concluded. For all the rest of us worker bees who might well toil seven days a week working from home, Wednesday is still not a bad day.

Bars and clubs usually run mid-week specials on Wednesday night. Most churches have services on Wednesday evening. For the deal seekers and couponaholics, Wednesday is the day that most stores start their specials for the next week.

The word “Wednesday” was derived from the Old English and literally meant Woden’s Day, Woden being the main Teutonic god back in those pagan days of history. Woden’s name was a derivative of a word that meant to inspire and spiritually arouse. Hmmmmm……

That being the case, it would seem that a day of the week named for inspiration and spiritual arousal would be perfect for a  a poet, a painter or composer. Or an ideal day for a teacher to be born. Or a great political leader. Or pastor. Or any one of a number of other professions or callings that seek to inspire and arouse strong spiritual feelings.

Like a writer.

Like me?

Maybe there is something to Mother Goose’s little rhyme after all! What day of the week were you born on?

Must get to work on another chapter in Book Two of my Forever Cowboys series. Samantha and Ben are about to have an exciting experience that shows both of them a new—and very interesting—side to the other.


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