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, the prompts are being provided by Elephant's Child.
This week's prompts are:
- pogo stick
“We really need to start thinking about costumes for the party,” she said, scrolling through the online catalog of a local shop.
“Wow, look at that, the hand on that costume looks PETRIFIED! That is so cool!” he exclaimed, looking over her shoulder.
“If you want that one,” she said, “I’m going as an IMMORTAL.”
“Then we won’t match,” he almost pouted.
“Well, I don’t want to wear a gory costume,” she said, “they are too creepy.”
Noting what was on the screen next he said, “We could dress up as a doctor and his naughty nurse!”
“How about a doctor and her naughty lab ASSISTANT?” she shot back, and he snorted.
“Never mind. What is the theme of this year’s party?”
“Two themes,” she answered. “We have a choice of PARIS or chivalry. Of course, we don’t have to do either, but it’s more fun if you can pick something with the theme.”
“Who came up with those ideas?” he asked, a bit derisively.
“Jan did, and since it’s at her house this year, and she’s providing a lot of the food, she can have whatever themes she wants.”
“It’s a shame we can’t do something steampunk,” he mused.
“Well, let’s think more about what we can do than what we can’t,” she said. “After all, it’s better to light a candle than to CURSE the darkness.”
“What does that have to do with picking costumes for a party with a lame theme?” he queried.
“Never mi — wait! Look at this one! Knight and his lady,” she read.
“I’ll be the DARK and STORMY KNIGHT!” he almost yelled. “And to make it funny, I’ll carry my POGO STICK around like it’s my lance!”
“That’s a LITTLE odd,” she said, “but everyone is used to you being a little odd,” she added with a wink.
“I’m not odd, I just have better ideas than everyone else,” he said with mock offense in his voice.
“It’s settled, then We'll go by the shop tomorrow. Now, Mr. KNIGHT, your damsel has to get up with the ROOSTER crowing, so I’m heading off to bed now.”
“HAPPINESS,” he noted as he got up to follow her to the bedroom, “is having your costumes settled early in October.”
Balloons Around the World -- balloon artists around the world are encouraged to donate an hour or more to a charity of their choice in their community, entertaining children everywhere with balloon sculpture
Batik Day -- Indonesia (UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage)
Buttering-Up Quarter Finals -- Fairy Calendar (I have no idea what this means, but anything to do with butter sounds good.)
Change a Light Day -- US (was originally sponsored by EnergyStar, promoting energy saving light bulbs; although they don't seem to be running this particular campaign any more, it's a great idea to switch to the highest efficiency bulbs you can)
while the original dates were on Wednesdays, some websites list this on the first Sunday
Day of Appearance of the Primordial/Eight Great Netjers -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Gandhi Jayanti -- India (Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary)
Go for a Stroll After Dinner Night -- because it's healthy
Guardian Angels Day -- recognize and thank your own Guardian Angel
Feast of Guardian Angels -- Spain (patrons of the police force)
Independence Day -- Guinea(1958)
International Day of Non-Violence -- UN, in honor of Gandhi's birth anniversary
International Walk to School/Bike to School Day -- to promote both healthy exercise and less pollution
Mehregan -- Iran (pre-Muslim Zoroastrian festival of Persia to honor Mehr, which means friendship, affection, and love; also called Persian Festival of Autumn)
Name Your Car Day (and i hope you don't have to name it "Old Unreliable")
National Custodial Workers Day -- US
National Fried Scallops Day
Nottingham Goose Fair -- Nottingham, England (dating back to at least 1284, what began as a fair market so people could stock up on food supplies for winter is now a fun festival with rides and games; through Sunday)
Old Man's Day -- Braughing, Herts, England (in honor of a 16th-Century man's escape from premature interment; he left money for a street sweeping and celebration on this day which is still observed)
Phileas Fogg's Wager Day -- he made his famous wager, according to Jules Verne, this day in 1872
Semana Morazanica, una Fiestas Patrias -- Honduras (through Saturday)
St. Leger's Day (a/k/a Leodegar; Patron of blind people, millers; against blindness and sore eyes)
Tzom Gedaliah -- Judaism (Fast of Gedalia, a dawn to dusk day of fasting to lament the assassination of Gedalia the righteous governor of Judea)
World Farm Animals Day
Redwood National Park is established in CA, US, 1968
Paul Teutul, Jr., 1974
Kelly Ripa, 1970
Lorraine Bracco, 1955
Annie Leibovitz, 1949
Donna Karan, 1948
Don McLean, 1945
Rex Reed, 1938
Moses Gunn, 1929
George "Spanky" McFarland, 1928
"Sheriff John" Rovick, 1919
Alex Raymond, 1909
Graham Greene, 1904
Bud Abbot, 1895
Ruth Cheney Streeter, 1895
Groucho Marx, 1890
Cordell Hull, 1871
Mahatma Gandhi, 1869
King Richard III of England, 1452
"Moon Over Buffalo"(Play), 1995
"Ben Casey"(TV), 1961
"The Twilight Zone"(TV), 1959
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents"(TV), 1955
"The George Gobel Show"(tv), 1954
"The Jimmy Durante Show"(TV), 1954
"Comedy in Music"(Victor Borge one man musical), 1953
Peanuts(Comic strip by Charles Schultz), 1950
"Ah, Wilderness"(Play), 1933
Volkskrant(Dutch newspaper, first edition), 1919
Today in History:
Saladin takes Jerusalem from the Crusaders, 1187
Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal), 1535
Kazan is conquered by Ivan the Terrible, 1552
Jan Lippershey completes a prototype of the modern reflecting telescope, 1608
George Washington transmits the Bill of Rights to the States for ratification, 1789
The Texas Revolution begins with the Battle of Gonzales against Mexican troops attempting to disarm the people of Gonzales, Texas, and meeting with stiff resistance, 1835
J Osterhoudt patents the tin can with key opener, 1866
John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system, 1925
The "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá, 1928
Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published, 1950
The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television, 1959
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court, 1967
NATO backs US military strikes following 9/11, 2001
American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan, 2004
NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico, 2005
The parliamentary election in Georgia is determed by the OSCE to be "fair and free", 2012
Veteran broadcaster Vin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game (7-1 loss in SF) after a record 67 MLB seasons, 2016
US scientists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young are awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for work on the body clock, 2017