Yesterday, I started going through pictures and I came upon this in my mother’s handwriting:
Monday’s child is fair of face
Tuesday’s child is full of grace
Wednesday’s child if full of woe
Thursday’s child has far to go
Friday’s child is loving and giving
Saturday’s child has to work hard for its living
But the child that’s born on the Sabbath day is fair and wise and good and gay.
I was born on a Tuesday, so does that mean I am full of grace. And actually, what does full of grace mean?
I looked up the meaning of the word “grace” and it means many things, one of which I will not even attempt to explain. and that is the division of what the Catholics and Protestants believe in when referring to “full of grace”. I will leave that to the theologians.
Looking further into “grace”, it comes from both Greek and Latin — with a translation of charisma or favor. From that I could assume that full of grace is full of charisma, which is one of the definitions — effortless beauty or charm; then I looked at full of grace as full of favor, which is another definition as having a disposition to kindness or compassion. Either way, what a compliment! I either have effortless beauty and charm or I am just a kind person. I will take all, thank you…
Where and when in the world did this child’s nursery rhyme begin. The first recorded history of this rhyme is in 1838 when A.E. Bray published it in Traditions of Devonshire. So, it is English. Devonshire is in England. Researching further, I found that this little nursery rhyme was really a superstition that dates back as far as 1570 in Suffolk, England. The people then believed what day of the week you were born determined your fate (or luck) in life. Pity Wednesday or Saturday’s child!
This nursery rhyme continues to be used through the ages. Many, many television serial titles have one of these days in it, such as Wednesday’s child as being the title of that episode. Must be one of the crime dramas; remember, Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Then, there is the Beatles song, Lady Madonna, where the line reads, “Monday’s child has learned to tie his bootlace.”
So, I just had to find out what is the most common day of the week to be born, and the winner in Tuesday….Sunday is the least common. Weekends are becoming more and more least common since the rise of C-sections, when the parent(s) can determine when to have the child.
Interested in finding out what day of the week you were born? Just ask the search engine (what day of the week was Month, Day, Year of birth) and you will find out if you do not know. Something fun to find out….
Have a good one…