Recently I was talking about my childhood. Little things that I can remember. One of those is the poem “Wednesdays Child”.
Mondays child is fair of face
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
The poem is believed to have been created to teach children the different days of the week. It was worded so that children would take an interest in the day that they were born. It’s actually a very well known poem and yet it’s rarely repeated. Most of us would probably only remember the day that they were born on and have a vague memory of the rest. That was the case for me.
Wednesdays child is full of woe: but what does that mean? We are depressed and down type of people. Well, I know that’s not the case for me. Sure, I can get down like everyone else but not overall. So I looked it up.
In China, a child born on a Wednesday means that up until they are 1 year old, they’re considered a living God. I like that!
In ancient times they believed that each day of the week was ruled by one God. Wednesday was believed to be under the protection of Mercury which symbolized wisdom and adaptability. Woden was the God of Wednesday and was known as the “All Father” and his responsibilities were great! In the 17th and 18th century, woe was an expression of deep concern and heavy responsibility. Today the term “woebegone” would more accurately fit this poem. Of course, it wouldn’t rhyme then.
Have you ever wondered about the day you were born on or told this poem to your own children?