It's Hump Day

It's Hump Day

Meme from The Random Vibez
My wife is a wise person (and I’m not just saying that because this is going out publicly).

We were talking today about conversations we had seen on the news and a few communications around us.  We noticed something.   And she named it:  Its Hump Day. 

According to hump day is “The middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week.”

But we know it from our days as summer camp counselors and deans.  It is that midpoint in the week when folks are…let’s just say it…crabby. 

Tiredness has settled in.  Some of the initial excitement has worn off.  Relationships are changing.  Homesickness hits a peak.  People are less ‘filtered’ in what they say and what they do.  Folks are not on their best behavior so much; anymore.

Pandemics have humps as well.

The initial panic to figure out online worship and fellowship and programming is past. 

The rush of creativity to get Holy Week done well (or just done) has gone by.
Everyone has been pulling together in community to meet the challenge of Covid for a long time. 

Being sequestered at home has lost some of its charm.

We’ve maintained our gumption and grit past our tolerance point.

The complicated layers of grief and worry are weighing us down. 

There isn’t a clear end in sight even as there is talk of ‘opening up’.

We’re anxious to get back to normal or onward into the new normal. 

We’re, frankly, tired.  (OK, we’re exhausted physically, emotionally and spiritually.)

And we are ‘less filtered’.  We’re letting our guard down on our best behavior.

We’re crabby.

OK I confess it.  I’m crabby. 

Hump day lasts for about 24 hours in the camp week.  It’s gonna go longer during the pandemic marathon. 

But, I gotta tell you something.  I’m privileged to be crabby.  I can work from my home office on my laptop with ZOOM and internet. I’ve got more than a few cable channels to occupy me.  I don’t have kids I’m trying to home school. I’ve got a paycheck. I’ve got more than the average $400 of available emergency funds.  I’ve got a woodlands and a neighborhood where I can walk for fresh air and exercise.  Wearing a mask keeps me safe: it doesn’t put me in danger. 

So, yes, I’m going to be gentle with myself.  I’m going to be gentle with other people.  I’m going to understand crabby. 

And, I want to be part of the naming and the changing the conditions that this pandemic reveals. 

Because there are folks who are stuck in hump day a lot longer. 


Don H. Remick

Don Remick is Bridge Conference Minister.

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