Thursday, August 27, 2015

Six Sentence Story: Ridley

Yes, i told Youngest Boy reassuringly, i will take very, very excellent care of Ridley, in fact, i'll make Ridley a special project.

Ms. P had stressed to me just how special Ridley was, saying, "Ridley is the most important one!"

Youngest Boy had looked quite worried when handing Ridley to me, and i'd taken Ridley as a special charge, determined to do what was right.

Thus is was that, yesterday, i set the washing machine to the special "hand wash" setting, took out some very gentle soap, and got a load of hand washables started, Ridley included.

Ridley looked perfect when i was done; gone were the jelly smears and bits of grime that young boys bring with them everywhere that had brought the crisis of needing Ridley washed in the first place.

Today Ridley, Youngest Boy's most important lovey he sleeps with, is clean and is being returned to him, fresh smelling from the recent ablutions.

Ridley, all clean and air drying.

Linking up with Uncharted Blog and Six Sentence Stories, where the prompt this week is Project.

Today is

Acton Fair -- Acton, ME, US (an old fashioned country fair plus midway, stage shows, and a great good time; through Sunday)

Banana Lover's Day

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Thoughtful Thursday

Birthday of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Corn Palace Festival -- Mitchell, SD, US (harvest celebration and redecoration of the world's only Corn Palace; through Sunday)

Day Sacred to Consus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of graineries, horses, and mules)

Feast Day of Pan -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of Incandescent Rebellion -- on lots of websites, and supposedly something celebrated in China, but no detail as to what it is really celebrating

Just Because Day -- internet generated, enjoy something ordinary you like to do, just because!

National Pots de Creme Day

Petroleum Day -- on the anniversary of the opening of the first commercial oil well in Titusvilla, PA, US, in 1859, a day set aside to work on figuring out how to do without petroleum

Prairie Village Jamboree -- Prairie Village, Madison, SD, US (keeping the old prairie life heritage alive for new generations; through Sunday)

St. Caesarius' Day (Patron against fire)

St. Monica's Day (Mother of St. Augustine; Patron of abuse victims, alcoholics, difficult marriages, disappointing children, homemakers, married women, mothers, victims of adultery and unfaithfulness, victims of verbal abuse, widows, wives; Bevilacqua, Italy; Mabini, Bohol, Philippines)

"The Duchess" Who Wasn't Day -- birthday of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who wrote under the pseudonym "The Duchess" and first said, "Beaty is in the eye of the beholder" in her novel, Molly Bawn

Threethousandth Thnork of the Year -- Fairy Calendar

Volturnalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of water)

Watermelon Festival -- Winterville, NC, US (sticky fun; through Saturday)

Ziua Republicii -- Moldova (Independence Day, 1991)

Zucchini Festival -- Obetz, OH, US (family fun and zucchini; through Sunday)

Birthdays Today

Mario, 1986
Sarah Chalke, 1976
Chandra Wilson, 1969
Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens, 1952
Barbara Bach, 1947
Tuesday Weld, 1943
Tommy Sands, 1937
Martha Raye, 1916
Mother Teresa, 1910
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1908
C.S. Forester, 1899
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Theodore Dreiser, 1871
Charles Gates Dawes, 1865
Hannibal Hamlin, 1809

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Good Sex! with Dr. Ruth Westheimer"(TV), 1984
Mary Poppins(Disney film), 1964
"Prométhée/Prometheus"(Fauré tragédie lyrique), 1900

Today in History

The Persian invasion of Greece is halted with Greek victories in two separate battles, BC479
Koreans battle and prevent Japanese invasion, 663
The first unmanned hydrogen balloom flight reaching 900 m altitude, 1783
Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well, 1859
The shortest war in world history occurs from 09:00 to 09:45 between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar, 1896
Edgar Rice Burroughs' publishes "Tarzan of the Apes", 1912
First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world's first jet aircraft, 1939
The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA, 1962
Turkish military diplomat Colonel Atilla Altikat is shot and killed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1982
The Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, is completed, 1993
Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, 2003
Curiosity, the Mars rover, broadcasts its first audio recording of a human voice from the surface of another planet, 2012


  1. It's amazing how well beloved toys come out of the washer most of the time.

  2. I so remember my son had a teddy bear named Tommy and my daughter had Baby. It was a struggle to get them into the washer. Baby had so much worn off yarn hair and threadbare patches when she finally came to rest at the bottom of my cedar chest. Sweet story.

  3. Awwwwww. How sweet!!!!! Love this!!!!

  4. My nephew had a "Ridley" called "Choppy." Choppy was basically reduced to a torn washcloth before nephew tired of him.

  5. You've done well grasshopper. What an adorable post.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  6. Ah, the washing of the special loveys...Mine was Benny and Kidzilla has Peanut. They've both seen more than a handful of ablutions!

  7. That is so cute. It reminds me of my girls and their Wonder Woman plushies. For a time there they wouldn't go anywhere without their Wonders.

  8. Quite honestly, as a child, I hated if my mom washed my favorite lovey. Yes, it was all clean again, but it took a couple of weeks until it's head smelled right again, like sleep and warm bed..

  9. Ridley would get along very well with Richard Paul, our son's old cabbage patch kid in a box in the garage.

  10. Sweet, sweet memories indeed! When a little one entrusts you with their most prized possessions, it's such a relief when all goes well and they emerge from bathing fresh and clean and all in one piece! You did a great job with Ridley!

  11. Utterly delightful. When I was little I had a toy stuffed monkey that was my Ridley but his name was Beppo. When we moved house when I was 9 I found that Beppo had been left behind so I had to finally grow up!

  12. Washing the special ones was a project I tried to avoid. I was always afraid I would ruin them.

  13. a most delicate but important surgery to be sure!! we have several similar lovies around here that require the utmost care. one of them was my own special snugglie. :)