Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, the prompts are being provided by Lissa.
This week's prompts are:
1. 'If you feel like screaming, be my guest'
2. 'There is something different about you'
"Desiree, is that you? Wow, I haven't seen you in forever!"
"I know! And with these masks, sometimes I don't even recognize people, so I wasn't even sure it was you. Makes me want to scream sometimes, having to wear these things."
"Well, if you feel like screaming, be my guest. In fact, I might come outside and join you, everything can be so frustrating these days. How have you been?"
"Oh, the usual. Or maybe it's the unusual these days. Working from home, Mike was working from home but he's back now, the boys did their second semester of college from home, so we are trying not to kill each other. Looks like they get to go back for some of the classes this next semester, so that will take some of the pressure off of us. How about you? There's something different about you."
"It's the hair, see? I cut it all off! Well, my daughter did it for me, actually. We both got a wild notion one evening when we were bored, and she suggested we play 'beauty shop' like when she was a kid, only with real scissors. It's grown back some, but boy, did it look funny when she got through with it!"
"You look great with it short! Mine was out of hand, I'm so glad they are letting us go to salons, even if it's not quite the same. Look, I've got to get this shopping done, those boys are home and ravenous all of the time, so I have a list as long as my arm, but I do want us to get coffee soon at The Cafe. They're letting people sit outside, and if we go early in the morning, it won't get too hot."
"I'd like that, too. I only ever talk to patients, coworkers, or my daughter, I need to sit and have a grown-up non-work conversation before I go batty."
"It's a date, then! I'll text and we'll work out which morning next week."
"See you then!"
Barsi Bhagat Puran Singh -- Sikhism
Bogota Carnival -- Bogota, Colombia (celebrating the city's Hispanic founding; through tomorrow)
Celtic Tree Month Coll (Hazel) commences
Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead Day -- uttered this day by Admiral Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864
Festival Wednesday/East End Parade -- British Virgin Islands
Independence Day / Republic Day -- Burkina Faso (former Upper Volta)(1960)
National Blackmail Day -- according to mostly ecard sites, with suggestions to send a card to the friend who has told you his/her secrets, with the notice that you plan on celebrating this date!
National Underwear Day -- sponsored by www.freshpair.com, which encourages people to rethink their underwear style and make sure they have the right fit
National Waffle Day
Nuestra Senora de Africa -- CE, Spain (Day of Our Lady of Africa, also called Fiestas Patronales)
Pixie of the Year Competition -- Fairy Calendar
Sacrifice to Salus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of health, associated with Greek Hygeia)
St. Afra of Augsburg's Day (Patron of converts, martyrs, penitent women; Augsburg, Germany)
St. Oswald of Northumbria's Day (Patron of Zug, Switzerland)
Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian defenders -- Croatia
Work Like a Dog Day -- different from work-a-holics, people who work like a dog work hard while they are at it, and rest when they aren't
Jonathan Silverman, 1966
Patrick Aloysius Ewing, 1962
Maureen McCormick, 1956
Erika Slezak, 1946
Loni Anderson, 1946
Ja’net DuBois, 1938
John Saxon, 1936
Neil Armstrong, 1930
Sydney Omarr, 1926
Raoul Wallenberg, 1912
John Huston, 1906
Conrad Potter Aiken, 1889
Joseph Merrick, 1862
Guy de Maupassant, 1850
Thomas Lynch, Jr., 1749
John Eliot, 1604
Joseph Justus Scaliger, 1540
"Revolver"(Beatles Album, release date), 1966
"Eleanor Rigby" & "Yellow Submarine"(Beatles singles, A & B side respectively, release date), 1966
"American Bandstand"(TV, national premiere), 1957
"Andy Capp"(Comic strip), 1957
"Little Orphan Annie"(Comic strip), 1924
Today in History
The last outpost of Bar Kockba, Betar, falls to Rome, 135
Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria at the Battle of Maserfield, 642
King Edward and Earl Aetherlred, leading the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, defeat the last major Viking army to raid England at the Battle of Tettenhall, 910
Anti-Jewish riots in Arnstadt, Germany, 1264
Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes first English colony in North America, at what is now St John's, Newfoundland, 1583
The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America, 1620
New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true, 1735
US Army abolishes flogging, 1861
Standard Oil of New Jersey is established, 1882
The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor, 1884
Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip made in her husbands invention, the first patented automobile; her journey was to publicize the invention, and she garnered attention and sales, 1888
The first electric traffic light is installed, in Cleveland, Ohio, 1914
Debut of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie", by Harold Gray, 1924
Debut of the comic strip "Andy Capp", by Smythe, 1957
Nelson Mandela is jailed, 1962*
The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty, 1963
The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm, 1995
The Copiapo mining accident traps 33 Chilean miners about 2,300ft below the ground, 2010
NASA launches the Juno Space Probe to study Jupiter, 2011
The world's first bovine stem cell lab-grown burger is eaten in London, 2013
The UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program, 2017
*Released in 1990