“Wednesday’s child is full of woe.”
Woe (noun): grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.
Obviously what we’re dealing with here, if we’re to believe the reports of Wednesday’s childhood plight, is childhood depression, which a most serious affliction and fortunately is far more treatable today than in the days when this line was first penned.
On the other, more hopeful hand, perhaps Wednesday’s child is more of a youthful stage actor, capable of exhibiting great but passing grief of the kind that is quickly dissipated by the application of a loving hug or the timely delivery of a favorite snack.
Of course, using snacks as pain relievers can have its own woeful consequences, such as childhood obesity.
Which all leaves me feeling a bit like Wednesday’s child’s lot is, indeed, a sad one.