We swedes like routines, we like it when life is predictable and everything is in order. We stand in queues, wait for our turn and we like to know what’s on today’s menu. We like it so much that we collectively decided what kinds of food we should eat on what days. Monday’s are for minced meat, Tuesday’s for fish, Wednesday’s are for pork, Thursday’s are for soup and Friday’s are for chicken. Saturday’s don’t really have their own dinner food, but everyone knows that you eat candy on Saturdays… And on Sunday’s you eat beef. Boring you say? Nice, relaxing and comfortable we say. Some of the activities we do on certain weekdays have even made it into our language. For example we have “little Saturday” or “maid Saturday” on Wednesday’s. It’s a time when you go out after work with your colleagues. It called “maid Saturday” because it was the only night the maids were free. We have “soup-lunches” arranged by the churches for the elderly every Thursday across the country and then the all-so-important weekend starts with its nice routine. On Fridays the housewives or maids (back in the days when they still existed here) used to clean the whole house, preparing it for the parties held for friends on Friday evenings. Saturday’s the kids/family’s day, a time for kids birthday parties from three to six o’clock, “Saturday candy” and family time by the Telly with the “Saturday movie”. On Sunday’s you visit your extended family to have “Sunday dinner” at one o’clock. Again, it’s nice to know what to expect, isn’t it? But lately things have changed. People are working so much that they don’t have the energy to go to parties on Fridays. When the working week’s finally over, all they want to do is having quiet family time. So people started eating taco and having “Saturday candy” on Fridays, and calling it all “Cozy Friday”. Then on Saturdays, we suddenly had the energy to host and go to parties, but this time the kids are invited too. Sunday’s are no longer a time for big family dinners, but a day for house work like cleaning, mowing the lawn and cleaning the windows. Least to say, I’m confused. I don’t like the idea of having minced meat on Fridays. On what day should we eat chicken now? And when should we have beef? And what about “Saturday candy” you CAN hear by the name on it that you should eat it on Saturdays only and now we’re suddenly having it on Fridays?! But maybe I shouldn’t say too much as I’m standing here preparing my family’s “cozy Thursday” with Swedish chocolate balls with my wife shopping for chips and soda on her way home from work. At eight o’clock our favorite tv-show starts…So why do we, creatures of habit, break the routine like this you ask? Well, when we first moved in together my wife was working night shift Fridays and Saturdays and we felt the need to have at least one “cozy night”, and so the “cozy Thursday’s” was born. When we started to study we continued to have our family time on Thursdays as we spent most weekends on the road to visit family and friends (we lived three hours away at that time). Today we live close to our families and work only during weekdays, but our “cozy Thursdays” have stuck with us. With the work climate here people no longer have the energy to visit friends during the weeks, and we have no energy to clean the house or do any gardening, so everything is crammed in on weekends. This weekend we have no less than five visits to look forward to, I need to mow the lawn, clean the floors and dust the whole house. And there’s nothing good on TV. Thursdays has proven to be the best weekday for us to do something by our selves, no one has ever booked us on Thursdays – maybe it’s because they’re all tired after just having soup for lunch 😉
So I’ll better finish up here, it’s time for dinner and my wife’s on her way home. I wish you all a very cozy Thursday!
Oh, and my name is now legally changed! Amazingly it only took three days!!! Now I just have to order a new driving license, bank card and other membership cards with the right name, everything else is done automatically.