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Calendar War

July 19, 2013
 First posted 10/17/11


I’ve been married to Mrs. Chatterbox for thirty-nine 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 Mrs. C. 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 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 countered. 

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. Of course she’s wrong but that will be our little secret.

I see on my calendar that Mrs. C. has scheduled our trip to the marriage counselor on Wednesday which, if she’s right, I can no longer refer to as "hump" day. 





I refuse to get involved. But I might be able to recommend a very good marriage counselor. (She doesn't work weekends.)
By: Mitchell is Moving on July 19, 2013
Seeing as this is a repost and you've obviously your marriage has survived that particular storm. I can easily summarize that you still have a point to prove. There are several calendars to satisfy different requirements and cultures.
By: Daniel LaFrance on July 19, 2013
Check out this link and you'll see that technically by international standards she's right! But still many countries use Sunday as the first day of the week. I guess it's kind of like the metric system where lots of places use it but not everyone. "The First Day of the Week The first day of the week varies all over the world. In most cultures, Sunday is regarded as the first day of the week although many observe Monday as the first day of the week. According to the Bible, the Sabbath or Saturday is the last day of the week which marks Sunday as the first day of the week for many Jewish and Christian faiths, while many countries regard Monday as the first day of the week. According to the international standard ISO 8601, Monday shall be the first day of the week ending with Sunday as the seventh day of the week. Although this is the international standard, countries such as the United States still have their calendars refer to Sunday as the start of the seven-day week."
By: PT Dilloway on July 19, 2013
Let's see...God created the world in 6 days and on the seventh day was a day of rest so clearly the first day was...How do we know when he started? I would go with Monday and skip the counselor never works anyway.
By: Cranky Old Man on July 19, 2013
When you're old & retired & have no place to go & couldn't get there, anyway, what difference does it make? I can't answer your question because my calendar broke!!
By: fishducky on July 19, 2013
Being an open minded Libra I can see both sides.....but if you look at all the working stiffs who start their work week on a Monday .....I think Sunday is the last day of the week and because it's called the day of rest.......just go out there and buy her a European version calendar since it's days begin with Monday. Might even want to take her out to dinner!
By: Kathe W. on July 19, 2013
i think calendars are wrong. :)
By: TexWisGirl on July 19, 2013
Does it really matter? I didn't think so. Bwahahahahahahaha. Have a fabulous day. :)
By: Comedy Plus on July 19, 2013
This post is hilarious. Good job sir.
By: Michael Offutt on July 19, 2013
X and I saw a marriage counselor. You know how well that worked. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on July 19, 2013
Humpppppp Dayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!
By: Al Penwasser on July 19, 2013
You are, of course, right. But her logic is pretty sound. Reminds me of another what I call "bar argument" (if you go to sucky bars). Which state is the furthest east? Let me know what you think.
By: Al Penwasser on July 19, 2013
I've always thought Monday was the first day of the week, but in Arabic, Sunday and Monday are referred to as first and second. We should all agree to disagree. :-)
By: Lexa Cain on July 19, 2013
Always remember that mom cooks -- she decides what days are what! At least, if you want to keep eating, she does. (And technically, you are right.)
By: mimi on July 19, 2013
Never mind buying a European calendar for Mrs. C...I think you owe her a trip to Europe! And as far as hump day is concerned, you still may refer to Wednesday as "hump day." Even Geico says so: Geico Commercial
By: Pixel Peeper on July 19, 2013
OK, the link to the Geico commercia didn't work... here is the site:
By: Pixel Peeper on July 19, 2013
SWMBO and I have just had a discussion about the fact that we both think it's Saturday recently when it's actually Saturday. When we lived in Mexico, I was always confused about Thursday and week after week on that day asked SWMBO "what day is it?" until she began to laugh as soon as I opened my mouth. I don't know what it is but it is confusing. By the way, your wife was right. In spite of the calendar, the week begins on Monday.
By: Catalyst/Bruce on July 19, 2013
Well, I screwed up my last comment. What I meant to say is that Friday always feels like Saturday to both of us.
By: Catalyst/Bruce on July 19, 2013
If God rested on the 7th day...the day of rest being Sunday...the Christians are not on your side in this argument. I agree with your wife, you are lucky to have her.
By: Tabor on July 19, 2013
If you don't let your wife win this one you'll never have a "hump" day again...EVER! ;) S
By: Scott Park on July 19, 2013
The real question is; Do ;you want to be right or happy? Rarely can you be both.
By: Charlotte on July 19, 2013
She's a smart cookie, that Mrs. C. I'm glad she's right. I don't want to have to go to work on Sunday. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on July 19, 2013
This is a good one. I like you thought of Sunday as the first day of the week. the calendar says so. But your wife has a solid point ...week end!
By: Red on July 19, 2013
I must take the side of you and the calendar. The week starts on Sunday. That's because I believe what I see, rather than being some kind of esoteric deep-thinker.
By: Val on July 19, 2013
I assumed an intelligent and worldly man like you, Stephen, would know that women are always right. Just accept it - or no more hump days for you! When I think about it, my hump day must have fallen on the 29th February ... ...
By: Bryan Jones on July 20, 2013
You are both correct. But it is complicated. For most in the west, the work week begins on day 1- Monday. In Israel the sabbath begins at sundown Friday through Saturday. Sunday being the first day. But follow that logic and the weekend begins Friday evening and extends through the western "day of rest" on Sunday at sunset so the Week begins at 12:01 AM Monday. On the western calendar of the ICal variety the first day is Sunday and in the computer world there is no weekend since digits and blogs and the NSA never stop. As I said it is complicated, but celebrate that you both are right.
By: Tom Cochrun on July 20, 2013
You say Potato/ and I say worries, Stephen! :)
By: Michael Manning on July 20, 2013
I'll jump back into the fray with my calendar thing. When my ship visited Dubai, there was a restaurant there called TGIThursday. Yes, it was identical to TGIFriday, but the Muslim weekend is Friday and Saturday so it made much more sense to let their hair hang down on Thursday night and call it TGIT (this is a TRUE story). Of course, there's that whole alcohol prohibition so...... I can still give you an answer on that "Which state is furthest East" maybe at Penwasser Place...?
By: Al Penwasser on July 21, 2013
It has always bothered me when people said Sunday was the first day of the week, because I agree with Mrs. Chatterbox...if it's part of the weekend, it can't possibly start the week. And many calendars now have Saturday and Sunday next to one another. But just for general reference...I'd say stop with the disagreeing with Mrs. Chatterbox and realize she is just always right! :)
By: Kianwi on July 21, 2013
You mean to tell me you are just now discovering something new to disagree on. After 39 years, I would of thought you had hit every possible difference. I think it depends on which religion you are. The Christian denomination I grew up in ..... I was always taught that God rested on the Sabbath, (Sunday) after creating the world. By that theory, Sunday is the 7th day. So Mrs. C would be right. Some religions believe Saturday to be the Sabbath...that is the day God rested after creating the world. Religions like the 7th day Adventists, for example. Then you would be right. To make it where both of you are right you might have to go to separate churches which means you would have new things to fight about.
By: Cheryl P. on July 22, 2013

By: JULIE on July 26, 2013
This was definitely worth repeating! I hope that all of your disagreements are this much fun! I'm so glad that Al sent me over!
By: JULIE_ on July 26, 2013

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