Part of designing my new bloggie includes placing widgets in the sidebar. (That sentence sounds incredibly techno-geeky, dontcha think?!)

Anyhoo, for now, I’ve decided I need to have a calendar there, right near the top of the page … because, let’s face it, I hardly ever know what day it is! (Ask Al or Michelle at work; they are constantly having to fix the datelines on my pages.)

In general, I like calendars. Granted, my desktop calendar at work is still on February 2006, and the ultra-cool calendar that contains neato sayings about journalism and the First Amendment and what-not usually gets updated only every couple of days when Chrissie drops by, but still: I like them. At the moment, I have four calendars at home — one with lighthouses, another with landscapes, one from the Old Farmer’s Almanac and a daily planner chock full o’ photos from the Audobon Society — and I even remembered to turn them over to February (2007!) already.

As for the calendar on my bloggie, I had to decide the day on which to start the week. And, at first, I had Monday because, well, to me, that’s the first (and usually the yuckiest) day of the week. However, every calendar I can think of has Sunday listed as the first day of the week, so I changed it to that.

And when I saw “SMTWTFS” at the top, I had to chuckle.

When I was a kid, a very little kid, my mom had a cloth full-year calendar hanging on the wall in the dining area. The calendar included every month of the year (probably 1971 or 1972 or thereabouts), along with a picture of apples or utensils or eggs or tomatoes or herbs or roosters or some other kitchen-related food/items, I can’t recall, exactly.

I do remember that I knew how to read by then because every morning, whilst eating Cocoa Wheats or toast and hot chocolate for breakfast, I would stare at the calendar, trying to sound out a word with no vowels — “SMTWTFS” — that appeared near the top of each month.

“Smuh-too-whut-fuss” was the best I could ever come up with … and I was pretty sure I’d never heard that word before.

I don’t remember the exact moment when it all clicked, suddenly, and that proverbial light bulb turned on right above my head as I realized those letters stood for the days of the week. It was, however, a moment that ranks right up there with the instant you learn how to tie (I did so whilst wearing my stepbrother’s bathrobe) or tell time or understand why 1 + 1 = 2 but 1 x 1 = 1 or something else that everyone else in the world already understands or knows how to do.

(For the record: A couple of years later when I had my first official eye exam, I tried to read each line of letters on the eye chart as one word, too. The optometrist made me stop and start over again, saying each individual letter out loud.) 🙂