Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sadness is an Empty Chip Bag (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.


Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret and Sue and posted by Elephant's Child.   

This week's prompts are:

  1. baptism
  2. dregs
  3. pinafore
  4. exploring
  5. sugar
  6. bee hive 


  1. heart
  2. meddling
  3. primary
  4. contrary
  5. mug
  6. kitchen

Gilbert looked around to make sure they were alone and said, “All these women in their BEEHIVE hairdos make me nervous!”

“Yeah, me too,” Roger said, “but we have to stay in character.  You keep breaking your role to talk to me like this and neither of us will ever get an assignment again!”

“Sorry,” Gilbert hissed.  EXPLORING the past had been a dream of his since he was a  youngster, and when he made the grades his HEART sang.  Then, of course, came the reality of time travel — you have to actually live in that time, in character, for as long as your assignment lasts.

You must remember your PRIMARY mission at all times.  No MEDDLING in the affairs you are there to observe.  Don’t do anything anachronistic or CONTRARY to what would really happen in that time period and among those people.

In this case, the assignment was not anything like he had dreamed of growing up.  “Cultural practices of the early Pentecostal Movement, with special attention to rituals such as BAPTISM, communion, and weddings.”  He had almost quit just reading the title.  Had they plumbed the DREGS of possible assignments to give him the worst one ever?

Roger had done two previous assignments and was a little more pragmatic.  “Every once in a while you get a lousy one,” he’d noted.

“How many lousy ones have you had?” Gilbert had asked.


That answer didn’t sit too well with Gilbert, but he swallowed his misgivings and decided it was best to just get on with the job.

Rounding the corner of the hallway he saw a young girl in a PINAFORE coming out of the KITCHEN.  She had a tray of MUGS of lemonade, and she offered them to Gilbert and Roger.

Taking one with an appreciative sniff and a “Thank you!” to the young lady, Gilbert added, “There’s one good thing about it all — they know how to cook, and when they make lemonade, they don’t skimp on the SUGAR!”


Today is:

Anniversary of the 3rd Druk Gyalpo -- Bhutan

Anxiety Disorders Screening Day -- if you have symptoms, get checked, there is help   

Baby Day -- birth anniversary of Dr. Spock

Badminton Horse Trials -- Badminton, Gloucestershire, England (international horse trials of show jumping, cross-country, and dressage; through Sunday)

Brothers and Sisters Day/Sibling Appreciation Day -- an internet generated holiday, not to be confused with National Siblings Day on April 10 each year

Community Day -- M, Spain

Day of Osiris going forth from his mountain -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Door-Banging and Window-Tapping Conference -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)

Flag Day -- Poland

Great American Grump Out Day -- encouraging everyone to avoid grumpiness and rudeness for 24 hours; who knows, you might enjoy it so much it will stick!

Holiday of the Region of Madrid -- Madrid, Spain

International Scurvy Awareness Day -- because yes, some people do still get this disease of Vitamin C deficiency   

King James Bible Day -- marking the publication in 1611 of the King James Version of the Bible

National Education Day -- Indonesia

National Play Your Ukulele Day -- just because it's fun!

National Truffles Day

Oulu Theatre Festival for Young Audiences -- Oulu, Finland (a four day festival for children and young people, presenting 80 or more performances centering on traditional and contemporary children's theater)

Roberts Rules of Order Day -- birth anniversary of Henry M. Robert, author of the standard parliamentary guide Robert's Rules of Order

Rowdy Friends Day -- go look up the ones you haven't seen in a while

St. Athanasius the Great's Day

St. Zoe's Day

Teacher's Day -- Bhutan; Iran

Twelfth Day of Ridvan -- Baha'i

Birthdays Today:

Sarah Hughes, 1985
Jenna Von Oy, 1977
David Beckham, 1975
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 1972
Elizabeth Berridge, 1962
Christine Baranski, 1952
Larry Gatlin, 1949
Lesley Gore, 1946
David Suchet, 1946
Bianca Jagger, 1945
Engelbert Humperdinck, 1936
Roscoe Lee Browne, 1925
Theodore Bikel, 1924
Satyajit Ray, 1921
Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1903
Baron Von Richthofen, 1892
Hedda Hopper, 1885
Henry M. Robert, 1837

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Sunday in the Park with George"(Musical), 1984
"Peter and the Wolf"(Prokofiev Op. 67), 1936
"The Jack Benny Program"(Radio), 1932
Good Housekeeping(Magazine), 1885
"La Bottega del Caffe/The Coffee Shop"(Play), 1750
Authorized King James Version of the Bible(Publication date, by printer Robert Barker), 1611

Today in History:

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft, 1536
John Knox returns from exile to Scotland  to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation, 1559
Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle, 1568
King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America, 1670
William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris, 1780
Charles Fremantle founds the Swan River Colony in Australia, 1829
Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao, 1866
Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time, 1885
Cree and Assiniboine  warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion, 1885
The Congo Free State is established by King Léopold II of Belgium, 1885
Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film, 1887
General Motors  acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware, 1918
Pearl S. Buck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Good Earth, 1938
The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1, makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg, 1952
Tennessee Williams is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1955
The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City, 1969
The 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, opens, 1986
The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy, 1998
President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military, 2000
Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless, 2008
Conservationists determine poachers killed the last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique; these poachers worked with game rangers responsible for protecting them, 2013


  1. What a brilliant twist to Margaret and Sue's words. Love it.

  2. We need a Great American Grump Out Year. Maybe that would take a little of the edge off of some folks in politics and the media. Just sayin'.

  3. I love your stories. You are a wonderful wordsmith.

    I hate it when the chip bag is empty too.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  4. That could be a really wild trip through time! He's not kidding about the lemonade.

  5. love your stories! and I agree about the empty chip bag!

  6. We were doing great until those very last 10 words.
    Now I am very angry. (Perhaps it will burn off the fever?)

  7. Really enjoyed your take on this weeks words. After a break I've joined in this week and mines on the blog.
    And yes here's another one who is sad when the chip packet is empty - especially if its a cheese and onion one:)

    Cathy @ Still Waters

  8. lovely! I would love to be able to time travel!

  9. Ahh the woes of an empty chip bag, or any other empty food container that "someone" left behind without informing the grocery buyer (me) that we needed more! ;-)

    Your story was a great use of the words provided, while we might not enjoy all of the practical realities of life in another time, things sweetened with plenty of sugar and no worries would definitely be a plus! :-)

    I hope you're having a great week! XO

  10. OMG what a wonderfully creative take on the q's! I so want to do time travel! This was a great little story! Thanks for linking up with the photos link!