♥ Nursery Rhyme and Personality

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 must work for a living,
But the child that’s born on the Sabbath day,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.

Can you remember all the words of the fortune-telling nursery rhyme Monday’s Child, or do you like me recall the first two lines and then become unstuck.  Is the poem a good predictor of personality?  Unlikely, I would think, but I wonder has anyone done research to see if   a greater proportion of those born on Fridays become philanthropists and those on a Wednesday depressives, than the population as a whole.

Do you know what day of the week you were born on and do you identify with the relevent line in the rhyme.  If you are not sure of the day of your birth and would like to check it out click here.


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13 responses to “♥ Nursery Rhyme and Personality

  1. Vanesa G

    Wow I think its funny that as I’m crocheting a scarf to donate to Japan I read your post. I was born on a Friday, and I’m constantly immersing myself in being an advocate for humanitarian aid. Thanks for the post 🙂

    -vanesa the walrus 🙂

  2. Hi Vanessa, and thank you for your comment. You are very good to be making things for Japan (I hope that doesn’t sound patronizing). I agree with you about humanitarian aid, there is so much need for it. Such sad reports from Somalia on our TV screens at the moment.
    B at Just Add Attitude

  3. Born on a Thursday, I’ve “got far to go.” Fits me in a way since I’m 79 years young-at-heart, love to travel, and hope to accomplish more and live well for some time to come.

  4. Hi Eileen, it is always nice to hear from you. I hope you have lots of lovely place lined up to visit – with lots of good wishes from B

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  7. Hi – I just found your blog and am enjoying it! I was born on a Saturday, and my sister always used to tease me about it because she was born on a Sunday. I haven’t really had to work hard for my living, but I am working hard on my blog and writing, so maybe that counts! I don’t think we talk about this poem as much in the United States, but my grandparents were from Scotland, so they taught it to us!

  8. Hi Gretchen,

    Thanks for your comment. I have just had a quick peek at your blog and I like it; I am going to check it out again later when I have time to read it at my leisure. B

    • Thanks so much for checking it out! I am looking forward to delving a little deeper into yours, too. I love to travel (though, despite my last name, I’ve never been to Ireland!) and it’s always so fun to read blogs from people who actually live in the places I’d like to go! I lived in Germany for two years in high school, so have seen a lot of Europe, but there’s a lot more I’d like to see – thankfully, I got back to Paris and Berlin earlier this year and anticipate doing so again, so there is hope of getting to Ireland yet!

  9. I enjoyed reading your blog and will go back in again to read some more. I love to travel too and hope to see more of the world in the future. One of the things about blogging that amazes me is the way it sparks connections between people in different parts of the world; a sort of travel by proxy.

  10. Robyn

    I was born on Wednesday. I don’t relate to that poem, in fact my best day ever actually happened on a Wednesday!

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