Hello, and happy Sunday to you! I hope that you’ve had a nice lie-in after staying up to watch the football. Or a nice lie-in after not staying up to watch the football, because you’re not really bothered about the World Cup, which is perfectly ok. Basically, I hope you’ve had a nice lie-in. Unless you’re meant to be at work, in which case I hope you got up on time…this has gotten out of hand. Let’s carry on.
Sunday is a strange one, because traditionally it has been a day of rest and reverence for millions of years. (I may be exaggerating the time frame slightly here, but I quite like the idea of dinosaurs going to church, for some reason.) My many siblings and I were taken to Mass every single Sunday of our childhood, and it was the same routine every week, including the vague effort to dress smartly (“You can’t wear trainers to church.” “But they’re clean!” “Jesus wouldn’t wear trainers.” “No, Jesus would wear flip-flops!!”).
These days, Sundays can involve anything. As students we used Sundays for recovery, for pub lunches, last-minute essay-writing and part-time jobs. As graduates Sundays became opportunities to catch up on favourite television shows, quality time with friends and loved ones or just another work day. To be honest, as an adult my main identifier of Sundays is that I always need something from the supermarket at 5.05 pm, by which point I may as well be in the Arctic for all the shops that are available. My, how things have changed.
In honour of the original idea behind Sunday (i.e., the Sabbath/a rest day), I would like us all to take it easy and just share a few bits of interesting and Sunday-related information.
- The Monkees’ 1967 hit Pleasant Valley Sunday was co-written by then-married Gerry Goffin and Carole King (this is a few years before King became famous on her own), and it was supposedly inspired by the road they lived on at the time. That must have been super awkward when the neighbours heard the lyrics.
- The most expensive sundae in the world costs $1,000 and has to be ordered 2 days in advance. Yes, really. It’s this one here.
- The actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers likes to clean his house on a Sunday morning.
- Billie Holliday’s 1941 cover of the “Hungarian Suicide Song” Gloomy Sunday was banned because apparently it was bad for war morale. Instrumental versions were still allowed, though.
- Michael J Fox once said “I’m going to marry a Jewish woman, because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.” He did, too.
Whatever you’re up to, have a brilliant Sunday. See you tomorrow.