Monday, October 17, 2011

Calendar War

     I’ve been married to Sue for thirty-seven years, and in that time we’ve come to learn much about each other. In addition to partnering as parents to raise and launch our son, we’ve shared hopes and dreams and dozens of silly as well as important secrets. I often think I know Sue better than I know myself. So you can imagine my surprise when I recently discovered something about her that really blew my mind. I thought I really knew my wife, so my head spun when I discovered we didn’t agree on something so fundamentally obvious. She might just as well have said the Earth was flat or evolution a myth. I’m wondering if our marriage can be saved.
     I can’t even remember how the conversation started, but somehow we ended up discussing the days of the week. I rattled off something about the week beginning on Sunday.
     “Sunday is not the first day of the week,” she answered. 
     Surprised by her response I asked, “What do you think is the first day of the week?”
     “Why, Monday of course.”
     “I see,” I said, assuming she was joking. “You mean to say that Monday is the first day of the “work” week.”
     “I don’t mean to say that at all. Monday is the first day of the week, period!”
     I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Did I mention that my wife holds a degree from a prestigious university? “If you check a calendar you’ll see that Sunday is the first day of the week,” I said.
     “Let me ask you a question,” she replied. “What days are commonly referred to as “the weekend?”
     I fell into her trap. “Saturday and Sun…”
     “Thaaaat’s right,” she answered smugly. “If Sunday is part of the weekend, it can’t also be the beginning of the week, now can it?”
     As usual, her logic was pristine, but in my heart I knew she was wrong. So I ask you, my loyal readers, to help save my marriage by telling my lovely wife she’s w-r-o-n-g. Actually, the more I think about it, the best way for you to help save my marriage is to tell her she’s right!
     I see on my calendar that Sue has scheduled our trip to the marriage counselor on Wednesday which, if Sue is right, I can no longer refer to as "hump" day.

     Care to vote?


  1. Sorry but I love her logic on this one.... It is part of the weekEND.... so.... I side with her.

  2. Yea, she's right. Monday is definitely the first day of the week.

  3. Bah!The weekend is Friday and Saturday. You get ready for the coming week on Sunday. Do you put your flippers on after you finish snorkeling? No. So, put your flippers on because the rest of the week is a cold bath. ;)

  4. LOL! Although her logic is really really good, I think that most people think of Sunday as the first day of the week. You'd better pick a day & stick to it though - I can foresee vast confusion wherein you get in a LOT of trouble if you don't both agree which day is first!

  5. No, I think majority of America would agree. Monday is the first day of the week.. Sunday is the end of the week to relax.

  6. I suppose technically Sunday is the first day, but the way Monday behaves I think it's bullied poor, gentle Sunday to the end of the week!
    p.s. LOVE the title of your blog!

  7. I'm on the Mondays' side of this: Monday starts the week.

    On a related (?) note, I confess to being confused by Micah Champion's comment, but that won't keep me from using it in an argument. So:

    My wife: "Did you take the garbage out like I asked?"

    Me: "Do you put your flippers on after you finish snorkeling?"

    That's win-win, right there.

  8. If you can't make sense, then you can't make sense. That's my motto. :)

  9. Sorry, have to agree with her. Most of the world's calendars (except for the US) have Monday as the first day. And if you go by the bible, God rested on the seventh day which Christians usually deem to be Sunday.
    Whatever it is, it is probably best that you admit it and agree with her. Makes things a lot easier. Repeat after me: "yes, dear, whatever you say dear"

  10. She's right. You're wrong. After 37 years, I'd think you'd be used to it by now!

  11. From a Jewish stance the week ends, and a new one begins, on Saturday night. Just wanted to throw a little wrench into both your arguments. I have faith you're a strong enough couple to handle it.

  12. Sunday.Sunday is the first day of the week. The week is designed around Jewish beliefs. The Sabbath is the "day of rest" when God finished creation, also called the seventh day. The Sabbath is Saturday. So, if Saturday is the seventh day then Sunday is the first. Sunday also gets it's name from ancient beliefs that in the morning when the sun came up, the world started anew, thus a new weeks starts on Sunday.

  13. Well, these comments are decidedly more in Sue's favor than mine. I'm a reasonable husband and I plan on telling her she's right...maybe at the beginning of the week.

  14. I have to agree with you that Sunday is actually the beginning of the week. People are often confused that the sabith is Sunday when in fact the seventh day of the week is actually Saturday. Good luck with your

  15. OK, I've always thought of Monday as the first day of the week (my logic is similar to Sue's) but I can understand those who think of Sunday as the first day (since those pesky calendar makers tend to put it on the extreme left side.) Whichever way you want to play it, I think EVERY day from Monday through Friday is a hump day that you have to get over to reach the weekend.