My friend Murphala over at FWY&S is having a bad day, and she suspects it may be because today is Monday the 13th. I say she’s half-right: she’s having a bad day because it’s a Monday.
For decades (if not centuries), Monday has been viewed with trepidation and despair. After all, it’s the day we return to work (or school) after our weekly respite (the weekend). It’s often the day we go back to the grind after vacation, though I’ve noticed in recent years that school corporations (in the U.S., at least) seem to take great pains not to begin the new school year on a Monday. Could it be that they’ve observed some truth in the old Russian adage that one should never begin anything important on a Monday?
You may be tempted to dismiss this as random coincidence or blind superstition, but consider the following:
- Have you noticed how much better the week is after a three-day weekend that includes a Monday holiday? This can’t simply be due to the shorter (four-day) week, because weeks preceding a three-day weekend that begins with a Friday holiday are downright hellish.
- In everyone’s mind, summer really begins the day after Memorial Day, school calendars and summer solstice notwithstanding. (The same can be said for Labor Day and fall.)
- In sensible places like Canada and Great Britain, the day after Easter (a Monday) is a national holiday.
- Songwriters have little good to say about Monday: “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas & the Papas, “Rainy Days and Mondays” by The Carpenters, “I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats, and “Manic Monday” by The Bangles, for example.
- According to the Urban Dictionary, that hip barometer of society, Monday is bad news all around — the word can even be used as a very nasty (though somewhat cryptic) insult.
So here’s to the end of another Monday and hoping that the rest of the week is better. After all, there’s nowhere to go from here but up!