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 a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
*first recorded in A.E. Bray’s Traditions of Devonshire in 1838
I remember this poem from childhood and wanted to share it with my readers.
I was born on the Sabbath Day, a cold winter day in the wee hours of the morning.
I remember my grandmother reciting this poem to me when I was a little girl.
I wanted to know what “bonny” and “blithe” meant and was told bonny meant pretty, or easy on the eyes, and blithe meant joyous and merry.
It sounded good to me and of course I believed everything she ever told me.
It was in my head again when I had my son, born on a Tuesday, and recently in a discussion with a friend.
We were discussing whether there was any “truism” to this poem.
I have to laugh because I don’t know about the “easy on the eyes” nor the joyous and merry! I was informed I had all the qualities of this poem which was a very sweet thing to say.
However, my graceless son, who is just like his mama, I wonder if he is considered by others to be “full of grace.” But when I looked up the meaning of “full of grace” it stated that it means the person is much kinder than a person would expect them to be.
I would have to agree as he is very kind for a boy his age. He is a compassionate child and truly cares about others.
It got me to thinking, is this myth or could there be truth to these old poems?
What do you think?
What day were you born on?
Do you think you match up to this poem?
Things to ponder on this lovely day.
Have a fabulous Sunday my friends!