I have been posting something on this blog on Thursdays for longer than I care to remember. I’m not sure how I picked the day. Perhaps it picked itself.
In this post I am thinking about Thursdays in literature, Thursdays I remember and Thursdays in the Church calendar.
In the literature with which I am most familiar there is the Nursery Rhyme in which ‘Thursday’s child has far to go’. G K Chesterton wrote a book entitled The Man who was Thursday: A Nightmare. Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy couldn’t get the hang of Thursdays. Thursday Next is a character in a series of books by Jasper Fforde. On Twitter, which is a haunt of writers if not a source of great literature, #ThursdayThoughts and #ThursdayMotivation may encourage those five days a week workers, who need a boost before Friday.
The Thursdays I particularly remember are ones where train travel went wrong. Years ago there were two Thursdays in a row when this happened to me travelling with my children. On one occasion we had to leave the train at an unfamiliar station in South London and decided to continue our journey by bus. It took at least an hour longer. Fortunately it was on a day out and not a journey with luggage for a holiday. As far as I recall it was the following Thursday that the express train we were travelling home on was delayed by a broken-down train ahead of us. These are relatively minor inconveniences.
Thursdays have often been a busy day for me. There is an opportunity to socialise in the morning. For many years there was a prayer meeting in the afternoon. Sadly that has not restarted since the lockdowns for Covid-19.
Maundy Thursday is the first of two days in the Church calendar, which are always on a Thursday. (The other is Ascension Day.) I have mentioned Maundy Thursday in a number of earlier blogposts: Palm Sunday, and three of my posts for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge in 2020 when my theme was Easter, Letter H, Letter I and Letter W.
On Maundy Thursday one year hubby and I were delayed on a train journey. As the delayed train we were travelling on pulled into the station where we had to change trains we saw the train we should have been able to catch set off without us. As there is an hourly service on that route, that was our delay. Fortunately it was a lovely sunny spring day and we enjoyed sitting in the fresh air watching trains.
This year Maundy Thursday is on 6th April. I will be spoilt for choice with a coffee morning, an organ recital in the afternoon by our organist and choirmaster, and a service in the evening. I may not manage all three! I am publishing this post in advance due to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge beginning on 1 April.
How do you feel about Thursdays?