I answered my friend: "Sunday"
His response to mine: "And how's that working out for you?"
Being that it's impossible to 'hear' a person's tone and inflection via email, I assumed he was teasing or flexing his mordant wit. Sometime in my life I'd read this poem or had it read to me, but didn't recall each day's particulars. After rereading it all these years later I wondered about the poem's significance. Was it just a rhyming ditty, or something more?
If you're not familiar with "Monday's Child", here it is.
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.
into the following:
Monday - Fair of Face
Traditional: child is beautiful AND will have a fortuitous life
Modern: still beautiful and fortuitous; also vain and shallow
Tuesday - Full of Grace
Traditional: the child is refined, mannerly, even elegant
Modern: faith and purity are included with the above
Wednesday - Full of Woe
Traditional: the child is empathetic, compassionate, caring
Modern: a child associated with foster care or from a "broken home"
Thursday - Has far to go
Traditional: a child with much potential and talent who can look forward to a long, successful life
Modern: positive abilities will take the child far in life
Friday - Loving and Giving
Traditional:a big-hearted, generous child
Modern: this kid is going to have bad luck
(what is it with Fridays and bad luck??!)
Saturday - Works Hard for its Living
Traditional: the child is responsible, dedicated, hard-working
Modern: passionate about his/her work and makes lasting contributions to the world
Sunday - Bonny,Lithe, Happy & Gay
Traditional: the original version has Christmas Day rather than Sunday because the 25th of December was considered the luckiest day to be born. This child is one happy kid.
Modern: still happy, and also wise
Beautiful. Fortuitous. Vain. Shallow.
As if raising a child isn't hard enough but then you get one who thinks he/she is All That, And A Bag of Chips?
Could lead parents to wondering if altering a birth certificate is a crime:-)
And now, for you ladies in the audience, an Ahhhhh moment:
(I wonder what day of the week these two were born on.)
Any Birth Day superstitions in your family?