On Sundays, people do nothing.
Well, I don’t know what people do.
When I was a child, we lived in a hot country. And our Sundays were actually Fridays, because the first day of the week was Saturday. Weird, I know. But it didn’t feel weird when we lived there.
My mother was a powerful woman, emotionally. She is still. She could make magic out of misery, but she never hid the misery.
Some mothers cover it with a silken gauze, layers of kisses, gentle smiles and eyes full of pain, but my mother didn’t.
She sobbed in front of us, over things that were out of her control, and then visibly pulled herself together and took us to places and made us happy.
Every Friday, she organised an outdoor pool party, because there is really little you can actually do in a desert, especially back in the early 2000s, at a location somewhere on the outskirts of the city we lived in. She made it so all the families attending pitched in to pay for the daily use of a huge pool, surrounded by a garden with swings and slides and sandpits, a football pitch, and some tent-rooms for the adults to sit in and chat amongst themselves while the kids splashed in the pool under the hot sun all day. We ordered food in and dessert was a potluck of many sugary delights.
And because it was a hot country, we would go every week for most of the year, except a couple of months when it was ‘winter’ – except ‘winter’ was just mildly chilly at best.
We had something to look forward to, every weekend. And weekly school was thoroughly enjoyable too.
We had dreary weekends, of course, but nothing like I’ve experienced since coming back to live here. There is something to be said for the serotonin of sunshine, and the vitamin D of happiness!
In the UK, I don’t like Sundays.
Houses are smaller here.
Children are more cooped up, because they don’t play on the streets like they used to do in the olden days.
And there is little to do. Or too cold to do it. And people are not as social as they perhaps once had been.
Also, it’s true what they say about the UK.
It is perpetually grey.
It’s a country blanketed in dismal cloud and chill and dampness spreading its tentacles through the earth.
So it’s no wonder people want to stay in bed all day, and watch TV, and eat comforting foods like crackers and cheese and relish and cups of tea.
Smell the fresh air. It is good for you.