"Mom, my friend Sam and I were talking, and guess what we decided?" Bigger Girl said the other day after visiting her friend Hugging Sam, the girl who claims her hugs can cure anything, and a lot of times they do.
Surprise me, i said, setting down the dish brush and getting ready to be amused.
"Well, we decided that a bayonet is nothing more than a clever way to take a knife to a gun fight, and mosquitoes are nothing but dirty needles that G-d gave wings to!"
That sounds about right! i said, not at all disappointed as my expectation of amusement was met.
"Now it's time for me to get busy -- music, I need a getting busy music montage, like in the movies, somebody cue the music!" Bigger Girl laughed as she ran up the stairs.
That, i thought, is my cue to get back to the dishes.
Note to any who want to read the whole Djinn Story, there's now a link at the top of the page that will take you to it.
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Fences Around The World. Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.
Apollon Day -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of music, poetry, sunlight)
Battle of Las Piedras Day -- Uruguay
Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee -- Calaveras Fairgrounds, Angel's Camp, CA, US (the "Super Bowl" of frog jumping contests; through Sunday)
Frog Jumping Day -- for those of us who don't live in Calaveras County, you can still celebrate Mark Twain's famous story and go play with a frog
European Maritime Day -- European Council (this year's host for the conferences is Poole, UK, through tomorrow, with a lineup of activities for the general public on 20-22 May)
Flag and University Day -- Haiti
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day/World AIDS Vaccine Day
I Love Reeses Day -- as voted in by lovers of the candy a few years ago
International Museum Day -- International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Miles City Bucking Horse Sale -- Miles City, MT, US (a celebration worthy of the city that inspired "Lonesome Dove;" through Sunday)
Moonbeam Hopping Gala -- Fairy Calendar
National Cheese Souffle Day
National Pike Festival -- Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US (through the 20th)
No Dirty Dishes Day -- spread around the internet by a mom who needed the break, possibly; go ahead, pull out the paper plates just on this day
Restoration of Somaliland Sovereignty Day -- Somaliland Region, Somalia
Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day -- Turkmenistan
St. Eric's Day (Patron of Sweden)
St. Theodotus' Day (Patron of hotel keepers and innkeepers)
Visit Your Relatives Day -- if they are great, go have fun; if awful, go remind yourself why you moved so far away!
World Goodwill Day -- commemorates the opening meeting of 26 nations in the First Hague Peace Conference, 1899
Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1152
Tina Fey, 1970
Jari Kurri, 1960
Chow Yun-Fat, 1955
Rick Wakeman, 1954
George Strait, 1952
James Stephens, 1951
Tom Udall, 1948
Reggie Jackson, 1946
Brooks Robinson, 1937
Dwayne Hickman, 1934
Robert Morse, 1931
Pernell Robers, 1930
Pope John Paul II, 1920
Margot Fonteyn, 1919
Perry Como, 1912
Big Joe Turner, 1911
Meredith Willson, 1902
Frank Capra, 1897
Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836
Omar Khayyam, 1048
"Le roi malgré lui / King in Spite of Himself"(Opera), 1887
Today in History:
The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch, 1268
Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India, 1498
Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy (under torture) lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe, 1593
John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts, 1631
Rhode Island passes North America's first anti-slavery law, 1652
Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec, 1763
The first United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States, 1783
Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate, 1804
The destruction of Saturdays forever after: Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower, 1830
The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland, 1843
The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal is constitutional, 1896
A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people, 1896
Bram Stoker's Dracula is published, 1897
The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley, 1910
Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier, 1953
Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1974
Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage, 1980
In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3km/h (357.2 mph), 1990
Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the existence of two additional moons, Nix and Hydra, around Pluto, 2005
A landmark bill passes in Nepal curbing the power of the monarchy and making it a secular country, 2009
Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns as head of the International Monetary Fund, stating he wished to focus on defending himself against sexual assault charges in New York (which charges were later dropped), 2011