Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What Day of the Week Are You?

So, I am trying to become more consistent in my writing efforts. It is not always easy to sit down and write anything of substance, so it is fun and great practice to try and do so. Since my kids are still asleep, and I didn't have anything particular to write about, I looked up a writing prompt on Prompts are a fun change of pace. You should try it out. And there are many prompt websites on google. The one I listed was just a random choice. Here is the prompt that I pulled up:

"Compare your family or friends to the days of the week. Who is a Monday? A Friday? A Sunday? Write about your comparisons in a longer piece."

This is what I came up with:

Who wouldn't want to be compared to a day of the week?? It seems to me that each of us have "Monday" days, and "Tuesday" days, and "Wednesday" days, and so on, right? So, often we blame Monday for sluggishness, or the inability to focus, or simply, wake up! Tuesdays feel better than Mondays, because what comes with Mondays has already passed and we can't blame what happened on Monday on Tuesday, because Tuesday is not Monday. Wednesday is a great day, as it is the mid-work-week marker for many, and this fact in itself, makes Wednesday a grand day. So grand that many celebrate Wednesday with a "oh yeah! The week is half over!", sort of response. Thursday is an exciting day, because the next day is usually the last day of work, and it is that much sooner to the hours that can be spent at home, planning your own agenda, without anyone looking over your shoulder. Friday, is just what this day of the week means, the last day of the week! The BEST day, the very day that motivates you through the week. The same day that you get to pack up and go home to spend Saturday and Sunday doing whatever you please. Some are probably wondering why I would feel this way about the week, since I am currently a stay-at-home Mama, and get to do EVERYTHING when and where I'd like. Lucky me! I guess this outlook on the week comes from my scary recollections from my Retail and Montessori teaching days, when the pains of the amount of time I spent folding t-shirts or policing 20+ three-year-olds, became a large grey cloud looming over my life. Working 30-40+ hours a week may be a pleasure for some, but my experiences thus far have not be so rewarding. Thus, is the reason that I still attach days of the week with the roller-coaster ride of working a regular job and punching a time clock. Another reason that I may have described it this way is because the time spent being a stay-at-home mom often gets blurred together into one GIGANTIC week. One day it's Monday and before you know it it's Friday, and you've already endured five full days of Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, 50+ diaper changes, too many kiddie shows, constant messes, baths, play dates, the minimal time you have to spend on getting yourself ready, all happening around the needs of a 6 month old and the adventures of a two-and-a-half year old, and everything in between that I am too tired to even list. Come on. It may as well be Monday, right?

Are you wondering why I didn't answer the real question, yet?? This is what prompts can do to you, and should do to you, in my opinion. The objective is not to see how accurately you can answer the question, or how good you answer the question, but if you answered anything at all. It's an exercise meant to stimulate the mind and take you on a mini-writing-journey-of- thoughts.

So, who is a Monday? A Friday? A Sunday? Here are a few that I came up with...

Shannon is a MONDAY. She is quiet, and often very subdued. But don't let her trick you into thinking she doesn't have a little Friday night in her!!

Alyssa is a WEDNESDAY. She's like the middle of the week, even-plained, and a little of both--mellow and exciting.

Nathan is a FRIDAY. Always looking forward to a party, or any arena that will allow him to let loose, i.e. spending time with his fam, poker night, fishing, etc.

Melody is a SUNDAY. Her testimony, regardless of what day it is, is a great example that Sundays are not the only day for worship. She is always joyful, and you can often hear her sing Him praises.

Amber is also a WEDNESDAY or maybe a THURSDAY. She is happy-go-lucky, but pretty even plained. She is also mellow and exciting, and has a blunt, yet sweet way of socking it to ya.

I'd say that I am a TUESDAY, almost a WEDNESDAY. I can be quiet and observant, but like to have enjoyable conversation. Not so much a "Friday" girl, but spend my days relatively the same... mellow, contemplative, pleasant, and relaxed.

So tell me. What day of the week are you really?
“Sit in reverie, and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


b davis November 12, 2008 at 1:46 PM  

I loved reading this post. I can totally relate to the blur of the week as a stay at home mom. Today has been busy & luckily I can take a breather while my babies nap, at the same time no less. Thanks for the fun read.

Erin November 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM  

I love reading your writing. The prompt idea is very good. I will have to check it out sometime. I know how you feel, now as a stay-at-home mom, I still feel the days of the week from when I was working as well. But at the same time my week too is a blur. Weird, it's kind of both. Well, I think when I actually realize what day it is I have a quick thought about that day, that's it! And...hmm I have no idea what day I am. :)Sunday/Wednesday?

Robbie and Katie November 13, 2008 at 3:56 PM  

I'm definitely a Thursday, probably due to my tendancy to always look forward to the next big, exciting thing, like the weekend, but also because it's usually the day that my energy peaks and the day I have time to sort through what the beginning of the week has brought and catch up on life. Great post, Cass.

amber johnson November 17, 2008 at 5:42 PM  

So I'm glad I made your list, but what exactly do you mean by "socking it to ya?" I think you're right, but explain a little.

Good idea to have prompts. I like it.

Cassie November 17, 2008 at 6:10 PM  

Oh, Ambs. You have a knack for saying the truth in sometimes awkward situations, but do so tactfully. You're not alone in this, maybe it's a Davis thing... I've had a friend or two say that I say things that are true but they maybe didn't want to hear. Hey blantant honesty isn't always bad. I feel I can get this from you--with no b.s. Did I elaborate enough?? I have examples. Want examples...!? Those will have to be a private matter.

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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