Apparently the origin of Hump Day occurred while a group of office workers were standing around the water cooler. Being the middle of the work week, Wednesday was tantamount to getting over the hump of said work week. Others allude to the fact that it was associated with WWII, when allied troops were forced to fly over the Himalayan mountains on bombing runs against the Japanese at Burma. Getting “over the hump” was often like a suicide mission in itself because the Japanese pilots would be waiting and ready for the attack.
For me, Wednesday means another brainstorming session with two other ladies and a 50 something young man. The four of us are putting our heads together to create a series of episodes encompassing four decades in the aging process. The material is endless. Although for most of us, there’s nothing really funny about growing old, but if you can’t laugh at yourself, you might as well hang it up. Life is full of funny stuff when you just sit down and think about it for a while.
This project came out of an acting class for 55+ students. The Executive Director and Production Manager of our little theatre have been sitting in on the meetings and have chuckled right along with us. When all this pandemic started, we all began to feel a little alone and as if our creativity had been snuffed out. Of course necessity is the mother of invention, so we came up with a plan to put our creative minds together. The process has produced four episodes which will eventually be performed in the same theatre space. Even if nothing ever comes of them, we’ve been having a blast putting them together. The whole thing is proving to us that creativity never dies. it might take a vacation now and then, but it is a source of our laughter, our peace of mind, our feeling of satisfaction.
Another reason I’m enjoying Wednesdays in particular is that Paul and I get together for a Zoom meeting happy hour with several folks from church. This hour long chat is just what we need to keep on laughing, lifting each other up and reminding us that aging doesn’t have to be the end of living.
Wednesday doesn’t have to be merely the middle of the week or two days until the weekend. Like any other day, we need to have a particular goal for each one.
So Happy Hump Day. With the creation of each day, God said “It is good!” Let’s start looking at the good that comes out of every day instead of dwelling on the things that bring us down.