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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, i am providing the prompts. You can write your story on your blog and leave a link here, or write your story in the comments, your choice.
Pick words from one list, or both, use them all, or use none. The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!
This week's words are:
In public he was always quite DEBONAIR, but at home, all bets were off. His fans would not have recognized him there, as SLOPPY would have been a nice description of his attire, and he tended to turn a BLIND eye to TOOTHPASTE spatters on the mirror or the cleaning tools for his HORN left wherever he was last tending his favorite INSTRUMENT.
He was blessed with a BOUNCY housekeeper who had ABOUNDING energy and didn't mind cleaning up his mess once a week, as she was well paid. He'd once jokingly proposed to her, and she had laughed and said a no would be an easy DECISION, as if she was married to him, she'd have to clean this mess daily and wouldn't make a CENT. Plus, as much as she liked him and was a big fan of his music, a May/December romance was not in her cards.
They both knew, too, that his relationship to his music was SPIRITUAL, and he had never really wanted to wed. She told him once, as she tried to chip the dried QUINCE preserves off of the kitchen counter where he always made his breakfast, that he was already married to his job as a full time musician. Indeed he was.
That's why they kept their friendship over the years, without making it a public spectacle. She continued to work for him after she dropped all her other clients and was married with a different career.
Her husband understood, the man had become her father figure after her own father died, and she was like family when what was left of his own was so far away. She stayed to the end, and when he died, the extended family wondered what it meant that he left her not just a sum “to thank her for a job well done” as he noted in his will, but also a jar of preserves and his cleaning kit.
American Academy of Arts and Letters Charter Day
Bat Appreciation Day -- sponsored by Bat Conservation International, at the time of year when bats begin awakening from hibernation
Blah, Blah, Blah Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Ellis Island Family History Day -- US (by proclamation of the nations governors and in conjunction with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, a day to celebrate the achievements and contribution of the immigrants and their descendants who came through Ellis Island; on the anniversary of the day, in 1907, when 11,747 immigrants were processed through the island, the most in one day)
Equality Day -- Canada (the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force on April 17, 1985, guaranteeing equality without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability)
Flag Day -- American Samoa
Ford Mustang Day -- International (on the "birthday" of the vehicle)
Independence Day / Evacuation Day -- Syria
International Day of Peasants Struggle
International Haiku Poetry Day -- sponsored by The Haiku Foundation
Mahavir Jayanti -- Jain (honoring Lord Mahavira on the founder's birth anniversary; local dates may vary)
Myanmar New Year -- Myanmar
National Cheeseball Day
Nimble Fairies' Scattering -- Fairy Calendar
Nosy Neighbor Appreciation Day -- to be celebrated, if you dare, by greeting and thanking your neighbor for being nosy
Nothing Like A Dame Day -- a day to pay homage to the unique wit, wisdom, style and strength of dames past and present, and to cultivate the dame in you or in your life
St. Kateri Tekakwitha's Day (Patron of ecologists, ecology, environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, exiles, people who have lost their parents, people ridiculed for their piety)
St. Stephen Harding's Day (Co-founder of Cistercian Order)
Thargelia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (two day festival for the birthday of Apollon and Artemis; date approximate)
Toothbrush Appreciation Day -- think of what it would be like without one!
Verrazano Day -- New York, US (Celebrates discovery of New York harbor by Giovanni Verrazano, Florentine navigator)
Women's Day -- Gabon
World Hemophilia Day
Victoria Beckham, 1974
Jennifer Garner, 1972
Liz Phair, 1967
Lela Rochon, 1966
Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason, 1961
Sean Bean, 1958
Olivia Hussey, 1951
Don Kirshner, 1934
Cynthia Ozick, 1928
Harry Reasoner, 1923
William Holden, 1918
Thornton Wilder, 1897
Nikita Krushchev, 1894
Adrian Constantine “Cap” Anson, 1852
J.P. Morgan, 1837
Samuel Chase, 1741
"McCartney"(Album), 1970 (first solo album)
"No Time for Comedy"(Play), 1939
Today in History:
Geoffrey Chaucer tells his Canterbury Tales for the first time, at the court of Richard II, ten years to the day after the pilgrimage actually began, 1397
Christopher Columbus signs his contract with Spain to find the Indes, 1492
Martin Luther stands firm and refuses to recant before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America, 1797
The first Sino-Japanese War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki, 1895
A one day record 11,747 immigrants are processed at Ellis Island, 1907
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed by the merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company, 1924
Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut, 1937
At midnight, 26 Irish counties officially break with the British Commonwealth and form the Republic of Ireland, 1949
The Bay of Pigs Invasion fiasco begins, 1961
Ford Motor Company unveils the Mustang, 1964
Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air, 1964
The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely, 1970
Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, 1982
The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends, 1986
NJ Devil Martin Brodeur becomes the 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game, 1997
The 5th Summit of the Americas takes place in Port of Spain; Trinidad, thirty-four heads of government attend, 2005
The 8th century St. Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, is purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds, 2012
An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, causes 15 deaths and major damage to nearby buildings, residences, a nursing home and middle school, 2013
Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board, 2015