Darrell Huckaby - 06/03/09

Let's hear it for Mondays: My (almost) Favorite Day of the Week

I think it is high time that someone took up for Monday - the first day of the work week for most of us - and that someone may as well be me. They say that confession is good for the soul, and I have one to make. I like Mondays. It is one of my favorite days of the week. It doesn't compare to Saturdays during football season, of course, but it's a pretty good day and nobody ever seems to want to show it any love.

In fact, just the opposite is true. They write songs about Monday - and they are all negative. "Don't let rainy days and Mondays get you down." Remember that one? I think the Carpenters did that one, back when Karen was still consuming calories on a semi-regular basis. Ronnie Wiley quoted from that song in his graduation address, but I don't think he gave credit to either Karen or Richard.

There was another song, "Monday, Monday," that took a pretty dim view of the day, too.

Everybody loves Friday. Tony Gray, the Sage of Salem Road, tells me every time one rolls around, "It's a good ol' Friday." People get to dress down on Friday and teachers get to wear jeans to work - unless you work for Wayne Watts - and everybody and his brother goes around saying, "TGIF! TGIF!" like Friday is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

They even print T-shirts emblazoned with those letters and Auburn people stencil it in their shoes - to remind themselves that the toes go in first.

But nobody likes Monday. Nobody but me.

I set my clock especially early on Monday mornings, so I won't miss a single bit of the day. I ain't making this up y'all. I do. Friday morning, I might loll around in bed until 6:30 or so, but on Monday morning I am up and at 'em by 5:45.

I am usually so refreshed from a day of rest on Sunday - not to mention rejuvenated by a day of worship - that I am bright-eyed and bushy tailed and raring to get the week started. I flip the switch on the coffee maker and practically run up the hill to get a newspaper.

Some of us remember a different era, when all Major League baseball games that were played on Sunday were afternoon contests. That meant that every game, even the ones played on the West Coast, was completed in time for the box scores to be included in the morning paper. And the standings were always up to date and accurate on Monday mornings. There were none of those pesky asterisks to denote late games.

Nowadays you can't tell heads nor tails about the baseball standings in the big city paper that most of us read, but I still look at it extra close on Monday mornings. Old habits die hard, don't you know.

And speaking of newspapers, the Monday crossword is always super easy. That's one of the best things Monday has going for it. I can rarely get more than a few words of the puzzle before it's time to leave for work by the time Friday rolls around but on Monday - shoot fire! - I can knock that thing out in 15 minutes or less and I feel good about myself the rest of the day.

That never happens on Thursday and as much as I like Saturday, I never even look at the crossword puzzle on Saturday.

Mondays are also pretty good at work, because nobody expects too much out of you on a Monday. Let's face it. It's a low stress day. If you make a mistake or foul something up, you can just shrug your shoulders and shake your head and say, "Well, I guess it's just Monday," and everybody will nod and agree with you. See? Low expectations means low stress.

But, if I was having brain surgery or something like that done, I might just try to hang on until Tuesday, just in case.

And once you've made it through the work day, you can probably come home and chill for a while because you caught up with your honey's do list over the weekend. See. It's looking better all the time, isn't it?

And Monday night's television lineup is killer! Especially during the normal viewing season, which now lasts about what? 16 weeks?

"House" comes on on Monday nights and "House" is one of my favorite shows. If I was a doctor I'd probably act just like Gregory House. In fact, I'm not a doctor but some people accuse me of acting like him any ways. And after "House" is my very favorite show, "24." If there were real people out there like Jack Bauer the world would be a lot safer. And in the fall - Monday Night Football.

So there you have it. I have made my case for Monday and I hope that now it will get some of the respect it deserves. But Tuesdays? I wouldn't give you two cents for a month of Tuesdays, but that's another story for another day.

Darrell Huckaby