What Saturdays Meant to Me

While we ate breakfast, my dad would ask what we wanted to do. Saturday was a day of going wherever we wanted to go and being free. Maybe not in this cool Chevy Impala!

I’m on a mission to blog 30 days nonstop. Today is number 20. It’s been REAL!

Saturday has always been my favorite day. Both my parents worked for much of my childhood, but on Saturday, they became like kids. My father would always turn up the radio or record player on Saturday mornings and he’d swing my mother or any of us he could reach. We’d sway with him to the music until he heard the bacon sizzle then he’d hurry to the stove where he was preparing a big breakfast. While we ate, he’d ask what we wanted to do. Saturday was a day of going wherever we wanted and being free. Following is a brief history of what Saturdays have meant to me in varying stages of life. This history is punctuated unconventionally.

Childhood

NO SCHOOL, sleep late, visit area family, see sights

Teen-age years

NO SCHOOL, sleep late, clean house, go to movie with friends, go on a date with a boy

Young married woman

NO SCHOOL, sleep late, brunch with hubby, clean house (if I wanted to), do something fun with hubby like a car show, etc. 

Young mother

Get up early, make breakfast for kids, struggle to entertain kids all day, wash and iron kids’ clothes, make lunch for kids, take them to activities, lessons, practices, coordinate drop-off and pickup (please don’t be offended that I say kids and not children)

Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Get up early, finish the extra work I brought home before girls get up, be on call for work emergencies, schedule time to get my hair done, think of fun ways to entertain adolescents, wash clothes but iron only the ones that have deep wrinkles, buy foods kids can make for themselves, take them to activities, lessons, practices, coordinate drop-off and pickup

Empty Nester

Freedom to lie in bed checking email, finish extra work I brought home, be on call for work emergencies, schedule time to get my hair done, think of fun ways to entertain myself

Retired Woman

Get up early, breakfast with hubby, clean house (if I want to), write, do something with hubby or friends, write 

Happy Saturday to all my friends and readers. No matter what stage you find yourself in, Enjoy this precious day!

Saturday Tidbits (from Wikipedia)

Regional customs

Slang

  • The amount of criminal activities that take place on Saturday nights has led to the expression, “Saturday night special“, a pejorative slang term used in the United States and Canada for any inexpensive handgun.

Folklore

  • Ibn folklore, Saturday was the preferred day to hunt vampires, because on that day they were restricted to their coffins. It was also believed in the Balkans that someone born on Saturday could see a vampire when it was otherwise invisible, and that such people were particularly apt to become vampire hunters.[20][21] 

Television

  • Saturday morning is a notable television time block aimed at children while generally airing animated cartoons, although in the United States this has generally been phased out due to American television regulations requiring educational content be aired, along with Saturday outside activities for children[citation needed]
  • Saturday night is also a popular time slot for comedy shows on television in the US. The most famous of these is Saturday Night Live, a sketch comedy show that has aired on NBC nearly every week since 1975. 
  • Saturday evenings are a time slot in the United Kingdom, devoted to popular TV shows such as Strictly Come DancingThe Voice UK, and The X Factor. Many family game shows, for example Total Wipeout and Hole in the Wall, also air on a Saturday evening.

Sports

  • In the United Kingdom, Saturday is the day most domestic fixtures of football are played.
  • In the United States, most regular season college football games are played on Saturday. Saturday is also a common day for college basketball games.

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8 thoughts on “What Saturdays Meant to Me

  1. Hi Linda–I really enjoyed your blog post about the theme of what you do on Saturdays. It is so true how life changes from when you’re a child, a parent, and an empty nester. I found your tidbits about how other culture view Saturdays fascinating. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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