Thursday, May 3, 2018

Decision (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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She was having a very difficult time making the decision to move or stay.

As a single mom, did she want to stay where she had grown up, with good friends but no prospects for a job and a school she wasn’t convinced was doing her child much good?

Or did she move to where she could make a better living, with a nearby school that was excellent, but where she didn’t really know many people?

The worry and indecision were difficult, the idea of leaving tore at her heart, the idea of staying and watching her daughter struggle was worse.

Her best friend finally said to her, “You don’t get a do-over, you only have one chance to raise this child right!”

Packing and moving was the hardest thing she had ever done, but it made all the difference.

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Single.   


Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good 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.   

This weathered fence in a garden caught my eye:


Today is:

Bent Wand-Straightening Day -- Fairy Calendar

Bona Dia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a women's festival)

Constitution Day -- Poland

Constitution Memorial Day -- Japan (Part of the Showa Golden Week Festivities)

Dia de la Cruz -- Mexico (Day of the Holy Cross, a festive day for construction workers, with parties and a flower decorated cross placed on every piece of new construction through the country)

Festa Dei Serpari -- Cocullo, Italy (The Procession of the Snake Catchers, in honor of the city's patron, St. Dominick, whom they believed could cure snakebite)

Florae -- Ancient Roman Calendar (ceremony at the temple of Flora)

Garden Meditation Day -- let go your concerns and center your attention on your garden 

Kansas Barbed Wire Swap/Sell -- La Crosse, Kansas (held by the Barbed Wire Collectors Association, and no, i'm not making that up! through Sunday)

Lag B'Omer -- Judaism (began sunset yesterday, ends sunset today)

Lumpy Rug Day -- the tongue-in-cheek day to tease bigots about shoving unwanted facts under the rug, sponsored by Robert L. Birch of Puns corps

Make-a-Book Day -- the Thursday of Family Reading Week 

National Day of Prayer -- US / Interfaith

National Day of Reason -- US Humanist alternative to the National Day of Prayer

National Raspberry Popover Day / National Raspberry Tart Day

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day -- celebrate your uniqueness, take a risk, and step outside of your routine today 

Paranormal Day -- i have enough trouble with normal, thank you

Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl -- Cambodia (Royal Ploughing Ceremony, to mark the beginning of the rice growing season)

Pregnancy Fitness Awareness Day -- can't confirm this is still sponsored by Karen Bridson    

Richmond Mushroom Festival -- Richmond, MO, US (arts and crafts, carnival, barbecue contest, bike and car show, bands, and stage shows, all to celebrate the fun fungus; through Sunday)

Specially-Abled Pet Day -- to learn more about caring for disabled pets   

St. James the Lesser's Day (Patron of apothecaries, druggists, the dying, fullers, hatters and hatmakers, miliners, pharmacists; Frascati, Italy; Monterotondo, Italy; Nemi, Italy; Uruguay; Venegono Inferiore, Italy)

St. Phillip the Apostle's Day (Patron of hatmakers and hatters, milliners, pastry chefs; Luxembourg; Monterotondo, Italy; Nemi, Italy; San Felipe Indian Pueblo; Uruguay; Venegono, Inferiore, Italy)

Sunfest -- West Palm Beach, FL, US (Florida's largest music, art, and waterfront festival; through Sunday)

Togyu Taikai -- Tokunoshima Island, Japan (bull sumo, in which bulls push each other out of the ring; through the 5th)

Wordsmith Day

World Press Freedom Day -- International/UN

World Whistlers Convention -- Tokyo, Japan (sponsored by the Japan Whistling Confederation; through Saturday)

Birthdays Today:

Joseph Addai, 1983
Christine Hendricks, 1975
Dule Hill, 1974
Christopher Cross, 1951
Mary Hopkin, 1950
Doug Henning, 1947
Greg Gumbel, 1946
Frankie Valli, 1937
Engelbert Humperdinck, 1936
James Brown, 1933
Sugar Ray Robinson, 1921
Pete Seeger, 1919
Bing Crosby, 1903
Golda Meir, 1898
Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Bent"(Play), 1979
"All Things Considered"(National Public Radio Network first broadcast), 1971
"The Most Happy Fella"(Musical), 1956
"CBS Evening News"(TV), 1948

Today in History:

Christopher Columbus first sights Jamaica (Santiago), 1494
Francis Bacon is charged with bribery, 1621
A royal charter is granted for Connecticut, 1662
The last total solar eclipse to be observed from London for the next 900 years occurs as predicted by Edmund Halley; called Halley's eclipse as he predicted it to within 4 minutes accuracy and described its path to within 30km, 1715
The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1791
Washington, D.C., is incorporated as a city, 1802
The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It is the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel, 1830
The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island, 1867
The Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, Florida, destroys 1,700 buildings, 1901
Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry, 1913
The poem In Flanders Fields is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 1915
Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman to head the United States Mint, 1933
Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is awarded the Pulitzer Prize, 1937
The Kentucky Derby is televised for the first time, 1951
Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole, 1952
The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1960
The first "spam" email is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States, 1978
The strongest tornado ever recorded, one of  66 tornadoes recorded that day,with winds of up to 313mph, strikes Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1999
The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet, 2000
New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses, 2003
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art announces it will return two statues from northern Cambodia's archeological site Koh Ker, 2013


  1. What a good friend! Good decision and good SSS.

    I remember seeing a collection of various barbed wires in a museum once. It was a very interesting display.

    There are some beautiful historical flower gardens in bloom in our area that would be wonderful places to go sit and meditate.

    Your lists are so great to read each week.

  2. No doubt she will make new friends.

    I've set aside today for gardening - I must have known!

    My FriFic tale is called Solace!

  3. Sometimes you have to make decisions that benefit your child more than yourself. But no worries if you've got a friend that is good enough to encourage you to go!

  4. This was tough word. Good job, good friend, good decision! Good SIX!

  5. That comment, " you only have one chance to raise this child right!” is totally correct. You hope that you do your best and at the end the child grows up to be a great person. No matter how hard you teach that child, at the end they still will decide what they will do. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Being a single mom makes life decisions so much more difficult. You wonderfully wrote the thought process and the decision.

  7. Sometimes making a tough decision is so difficult but it takes a good friend to speak up to help her decide!

  8. Moving is what she needed to do. It's about their future not about her comfort zone. Very well done.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  9. Imagine getting to be a saint and then finding out that they tack "the Lesser" at the end of your name...

  10. Engaging Six, excellent message.

    (not as easy as one might think to pull off, especially in such a 'confining space', but this week's Six is the genuine article.)

  11. Mimi, you described exactly what a friend of mine is currently experiencing only she has 3 children. Making the choice between the known and the potential of the unknown is one of the most difficult challenges for many of us. Your character's maternal instinct was sufficient to make the best choice. That and the support of a very good friend.
    Excellent 6.

  12. I love this one --> Bent Wand-Straightening Day. Sounds like a lot of fun to celebrate.

  13. Excellent, Mimi! Sometimes life decisions can leave us so torn, but I am a firm believer that we regret more things we didn't do that those we ever did. She left for the right reasons, there are always new friends to be found! Good for her!

  14. Your six word stories are ALWAYS excellent. Love that weathered fence too.

  15. Great story, everyone should put their kids first.

  16. Wow beautiful fence! And what a really great six sentence story! It really Rings true. Zoe

  17. That was a wise friend to steer her best for her child. And perhaps best for her. Nice Six.

  18. An unenviable situation here. If only we could know for sure that our decisions would turn out well. But since that's not possible, this is a good substitute - a dear and honest friend to guide. Nice use of the prompt.