Monday, February 9, 2009
PR for Monday
A friend recently related a story of her cheering up bummed out kids on a Monday. She explained the simple truth: It's not Monday's fault. Poor Monday simply wants to be loved as much as a Friday, he's just gotten bad press over the centuries.
My friend has a point. The sun doesn't rise differently, but we tend to groan more when the alarm goes off on Monday. (personally I groan loudest on days when my son has an 06:00 hockey game and we're in the rink before the sun's up - but that's another post)
If Sunday was historically named for the sun, and Monday for the moon, is that enough to make us hate poor Monday? One answer could be that Monday was also known as blue day, because they did laundry with actual blue dye back then. Of course Monday gets another strike against it because of the superstition that people went a little nutty on Monday because of it's ties to the moon. Lunar - looney - you get the idea.
Calendars and structured weeks have morphed through history, ever since people started keeping track. For example, the Byzantine Empire started their year on 1 September, but they didn’t count years since the birth of Christ, instead they counted years since the creation of the world which they dated to 1 September 5509 B.C.E. (exerpt from webexhibits.org).
So as you go through your day, give Monday a little love. It's not Monday's fault some scholar declared it the back to work day. And if you need a respite from your schedule, click here to buy Pixie Chicks...it's the perfect way to perk up your lunch break.
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