Wonderful Wednesday

A quiz of sorts is making the rounds in email; it’s a series of questions about your tastes in food, what you’re reading, what you like and don’t like, and so on. The recipient is supposed to answer the questions and forward it on to people who might care to know.

I had some time to spare, so I filled it out and sent it along. One of the questions was, “What is your favorite day of the week?” My answer? Wednesday.

A few moments later I received email from a friend: Wednesday???!!

However odd, it’s true. Wednesday is my favorite day of the week. But why, you ask? Well…

  • It’s a fun word to say (and spell).
  • Certain professional and social monthly meetings that I enjoy occur on Wednesday.
  • It’s the middle of the traditional work week; it feels like I’ve turned a corner.
  • I worked at a university for ten years, and payday was every Wednesday. Even though I don’t get paid that way now, it’s a deeply ingrained conditioned stimulus.
  • I always liked the Spanish word for this day, miercoles; it sounds similar to miracle. However, its etymology relates to mercurio, or mercury (the Roman god of speed). This is connected to mercantilism. One website states that “until recent times, Wednesday was the day of the market, or in Spanish mercado.” What can I say? Word roots fascinate me.
  • Of the very little television I watch, two of my favorite shows are on Wednesday: The West Wing and Law & Order.
  • My upbringing as a Roman Catholic associated this day of the week with Ash Wednesday; this day marked the beginning of Lent, a 40 day period prior to Easter that involves sober reflection, self-examination, and spiritual redirection. Easter is the holiest day of observance in Christianity, and I practiced my religion sincerely and seriously. While I have moved away from my roots, meaningful associations remain.

Besides, as I replied to my friend, what’s not to like?

Do you have a favorite day of the week?

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