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I was a Thursday’s Child

Always hated that rhyme.

Monday’s child is fair of face
Tuesday’s child is full of grace
Wednesday’s child is full of woe
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Far to go. What does that even mean?

Comments


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 3, 2018, 3:21 pm

So, it’s only Wednesday & Thursday child’s that are duds? Phew!

 


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 3, 2018, 3:36 pm

Based on a day of the week assigned by some loony who wasn’t born on Wednesday or Thursday, or hated themselves.

If you do enough astrologicuckool research you can discover you were born in an hour on a day of the week in a month of a year that made you almost literally Adolf Trump.

Screw destiny and the stars and reading goat guts on the alter.
Besides, that poem didn’t foresee they wouldn’t be able to use the word gay in that context anymore, how prescient could they have been?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 3, 2018, 3:41 pm

Far to go. What does that even mean? That I’m slow? That I’m going to live forever? I have no idea.

 


Comment from Jon
Time: May 3, 2018, 4:24 pm

Well, you did travel to the UK, so that seems right… 🙂

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 3, 2018, 5:07 pm

“…reading goat guts on the alter.”

Oh, great! That’s my Wednesdays screwed.

 


Comment from OldFert
Time: May 3, 2018, 5:30 pm

“That Weasel — she’ll go far.”

I think it’s a positive statement.

However, this site:
https://www.famlii.com/what-does-thursdays-child-has-far-to-go-mean/
has it both ways.

I like the positive one, myself.

 


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 3, 2018, 5:46 pm

Far to go –
you know, like being a weasel sleeper agent from Telefon, who is triggered by the final verse from the Frost poem “Stopping by a woods on a snowy evening”

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep”

You have far to go tovarishch Laska.

Uncle B, is she getting a glassy look in her eye?
Speaking Russian?
Stuffing ballots all marked “Vladimir Putin” in ballot boxes?

 


Comment from AliceH
Time: May 3, 2018, 8:44 pm

I’ve seen that rhyme used as a hook for a number of book and tv plots. I remember I really liked “Thursday’s Child”, a kids’ book (for girls, ages 9-13 maybe?) about adventures of a girl orphaned or lost or something, but now I associate it with the evil genius serial killer vs eccentric loner genius detective trope.

 


Comment from Armybrat
Time: May 3, 2018, 10:25 pm

Saturday’s child works hard for a living.
Well, yes I have. Worked 2 jobs for years. Husband was also born on a Saturday…he worked 3 jobs for many years. But we’re only doing this work thing for 2 more years, then we’re heading for the sunshine state where we shall float in our pool with a frosty beverage in hand.

 


Comment from AliceH
Time: May 3, 2018, 11:40 pm

It seems there are a half dozen books titled Thursday’s Child. (Even more titled Wednesday’s Child.)

My prior reference was to Thursday’s Child by *Noel Streatfeild*. In case anyone was wondering. Reading the reviews on Amazon, I think some might be confused, too, since a few seem to be for a different book entirely.

 


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 4, 2018, 1:04 am

By clever deduction.

Happy Boithday muggsy.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 4, 2018, 1:17 am

I always liked Tuesday Weld. Wasnt a Wednesday one of the Adams Family kids?

 


Comment from SomeVegetable
Time: May 4, 2018, 2:05 am

This Wednesday’s child Is full of gin… some woe of course, but mostly gin.

 


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 4, 2018, 2:47 am

Thursday’s child has far to go
Think of it this way: You will go far, Thursday Child. It’s a blessing, and a pronouncement. And you have gone far. And now you are far gone. Happily ever after.

 


Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: May 4, 2018, 7:22 am

“Wednesday’s child is full of woe”

It sucks to be me.

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 4, 2018, 12:13 pm

Yeah, these astrological predictions are full of it. I read one recently which stated that Sagittarians and Virgos were the worst pet owners: the former because they are irresponsible, and the latter because they are critical and clean freaks, and no pet would be suitable.

Pffft. Tell all that to my current two cats, whom I’ve lived with for 8 and 7 years respectively, and all the others, including the big red cat who lived to be 16.5 and had me to care for him his whole life.

 


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 4, 2018, 3:14 pm

Our neighbors say when they die they want to come back as one of our dogs. I are a sagi/scorpion. I can’t be troubled to figure out which it is.

I adhere to philosophy from National Lampoons ‘Deteriorata’
\https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFLvhKv-Lbo

If you remember this song, you probably do remember the Pueblo.

 


Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: May 4, 2018, 11:23 pm

Georgette Heyer has a novel called Friday’s Child. One of my favorites of hers.

I was also born on Thursday. I assume far to go means having great potential.

Edit: We won’t discuss the realization or lack thereof of said potential XD

 


Comment from Matt Harris
Time: May 7, 2018, 5:51 am

The rhyme doesn’t specify whether it applies to when they were born, or when they were conceived.

 

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