Modern Sunbonnet Sue's Musings

Musings from the mind of a modern day Sue:
Monday's Musings

Monday. It's the beginning of the week. Usually, it is the day to which few of us look forward since it is the first day of the work week. Monday is the second day of the week by the Judeo-Christian calendar. Mother Goose's nursery rhyme says that "Monday's child is fair of face...", whatever that really means. Yahoo Answers states that the poem's traits assigned to each day may have been based upon traits of the planets, which were representative of gods in Norse, Greek and Roman mythology. "Moonday" referring to the moon, because it is thought to have a face. I'm a Saturday's child and so must "work hard for a living". The poem first appeared in 1838 in a book about the Traditions of Devonshire, by A. E. Bray. The author is unknown.

Sports has it's own take on Mondays with WWE Monday Night Raw; while football reigns on Monday night in the Fall. Vegans and nutritionists would like you to make Monday's meatless Monday. If you read my profile, you'll see that I'm a dietitian/nutritionist. At, Tom Wilson quotes,  “Mondays are the potholes in the road of life.”

Traditionally, women's chores were assigned a certain day of the week. Monday was assigned "washing". An internet search will yield lots of hits on the topic. Supposedly, the assignments made sense as the tasks progressed through the week. Before washers & dryers, laundry was definitely a chore, as the word implies. Completing the toughest chore at the beginning of the week was accomplished better after Sunday's day of rest. Logically, Tuesday's ironing followed Monday's washing; Wednesday's mending and sewing followed Tuesday's ironing. Women even embroidered dishtowels depicting images of each daily chore. Aunt Martha brand was a popular iron-on transfer that could be stitched or painted.

Sunbonnet Sue is often depicted in scenes of daily chores. As my blog proports, I am a fan of Sunbonnet Sue. If you're a fan, too, check out this Sunbonnet Sue website and a free pattern. Monday is about over. So, Sue's Musings must end.


Published Mon, Aug 8 2011 8:13 PM by Pamela