VFW Post 4174: Hump Days
Back in the early 1960s a gentleman named Roy Mann coined the phrase “Hump Day” around a water cooler at a Dupont Plant. In 1975, J.J.Cale wrote a song “Friday” where the lyrics included the words Hump Day. Somehow, I missed learning and hearing about all that until a veteran told me every Wednesday was considered a Hump Day.
I wanted to know why Wednesday was considered a Hump Day and I was told, “If you notice, camels all have a hump, and in order to ride one, the hump must be climbed over. Some camels even have two humps and I imagine the ride isn’t comparable to a luxury sedan. But, the idea is to get over the hump to get in the saddle.”
Anyway, Wednesdays became Hump Day because most offices have a 5-day work week, with Wednesday being the middle of it, and to help coast into the weekend and liven up the drudgery of a work week, one must get over the hump. The hump represented a mountain and it seems one must climb the mountain to get to the top, then go over and begin a descent towards a more even level.
Well, after being educated on the term Hump Day, I began to consider the fact that our VFW is comparable to a Hump Day in some respects. Think about it. When a service person leaves the military, there are many “humps” to overcome. Returning to civilian life requires many adjustments, and it is similar to climbing the proverbial mountain. Not only aren’t there any bugles anymore, there is no mess call, no saluting, no raising or lowering the flag, no maneuvers, no parade formations, no officer hollering in your ear to fall in. And most important of all, there is no more deployment.
Instead, there is a job to be found, a routine to reestablish, family to become reacquainted with and, of course, the never-ending paperwork to help get any of the benefits so rightly earned. This is where the VFW comes in. A service officer is able to help cut through much of the eternal quagmire known as government paperwork, the DAV service officer is able to assist with many of the needs of a disabled veteran, all of the members of the organization have been in the same boat and offer the comradery that was a big part of the military life. In short, the VFW can help veterans get “over the Hump” of every day routines once again.
At 25 Homestead Road in Lehigh, our VFW is eager to help all veterans climb up and then begin the gradual descent to a non military life. At our VFW, every day is a HUMP Day!