Thursday, June 13, 2013

Of Shoes and...Hand Sanitizer?

 "Ptui!  Yuck!"  Little Girl was not pleased with whatever-it-was, i could tell by the noises, and the funny faces.

What happened? i asked.

"Well, I wasn't sure what this was," she said, holding up a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer.  "I thought it might by some kind of fragrance spray or something, but when I pushed this side, it opened toward me and I got a face full of sanitizer!"

"That's yuck, all right," Young Jacob commented, walking in wearing only one shoe and with a bit of blood on the other foot.

"Okay, what did you do this time?" Little Girl asked.

"I stepped on a piece of glass," he answered.  "Could you get me a bandage?"

"Where is the other shoe?" she asked as she pulled out the first-aid kit and rummaged.

"I don't know.  I lost it somewhere here yesterday."

So, you've been wearing only one shoe since yesterday? i grinned, knowing he had been at work, so he hadn't.

"No, I wore my work shoes, but now I'm trying to find the other one.  It's your fault, because I think your house ate it!"

Or it's under the chair you were sitting in yesterday, i noted drily as i pulled up the chair cover and pulled it out.

"Oops!" he grinned back at me as Little Girl stuck the bandage on.

Then he got up to walk away without putting the shoe on!

Sometimes i wonder about kids these days -- then again, i understand Aristotle thought the same sort of thing.

Today is

Ascension of Jesus -- Orthodox Christians on the Julian Calendar

Career Nursing Assistants' Day

Day of the Living Children of Nut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of Epona -- Ancient Celtic Calendar (Rhiannon in Wales, Macha in Ireland, guardian goddess of horses, stables, horse owners, agriculture, and transportation; date approximate, and disputed, she was the only Celtic goddess worshiped by the Romans, and they celebrated her on December 18)

First-in-Line and Queue-Jumping Tournament -- Fairy Calendar

Fort Union Trading Post Rendezvous -- Williston, ND, US (re-creation of the fur trade era; through Sunday)

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Festival -- Clarinda, IA, US (come celebrate the music of an era; through Sunday)

Ides of June -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
     Festival of Jupiter Invictus (Jupiter the Unconquered)
     Lesser Quinquartrus/Quinquatrus Minusculae (festival for those who played flutes at religious ceremonies; through the 15th)

Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest -- Beaver's Bend State Park, Broken Bow, OK, US (celebration of Native American culture; through Saturday)

Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

Kuopio Dance Festival -- Kuopio, Finland (exotic dance art by familiar and new artists from around the world on the sunlit summer nights; through next Wednesday)

Roller Coaster Day -- the world's first "Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway", patented by LaMarcus Thompson, opened on this day in 1884 on Coney Island, at a cost of five cents per ride

Sam Steele Days -- Cranbrook, BC, Canada (fun for all, celebrating the life and legend of Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police in the 1880's; through Sunday)

Sewing Machine Day -- why this day is anyone's guess, but we must admit it's a useful invention

St. Anthony of Padua's Day, the "Hammer of Heretics" (Patron of amputees, animals, asses, boatmen, domestic animals, elderly people, expectant mothers, faith, fishermen, harvests, horses, mail, mariners, Native Americans, oppressed people, paupers, poor people, sailors, seeksers of lost objects, starving people, swineherds, Tigua Indians, travel hostesses, travellers, watermen; Amantea, Italy; Anzio, Italy; Brazil; Cianciana, Italy; Dorado, Puerto Rico; Favara, Italy; Ferrazzano, Italy; Giano Vetusto, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; Nocolosi, Italy; Padua, Italy; Portugal; San Antonio Tiayacapan, Mexico; San Fulgencio, Spain; Sandia Indian Pueblo; against barrenness, shipwreck, starvation, and sterility)
     a municipal holiday in Lisbon, Portugal and parts of Spain

Tano/Surinal -- North Korea (Spring Festival)

Weed Your Garden Day -- a reminder to get out there and do a bit each day, so the little buggers don't get out of hand

Anniversaries Today:

Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, 1525

Birthdays Today:

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 1986
Raz-B, 1985
Rivers Cuomo, 1970
Jamie Walters, 1969
Ally Sheedy, 1962
Tim Allen, 1953
Richard Thomas, 1951
Malcolm McDowell, 1943
Siegfried Fischbacher, 1939
Christo, 1935
Paul Lynde, 1926
Ralph Edwards, 1913
Red Grange, 1903
Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893
Basil Rathbone, 1892
William Butler Yeats, 1865

Today in History:

Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots, 1249
Ibn Battuta, who was to become the foremost world traveler of his day, seeing most of the known world in his time, begins his first hadj, 1325
Rhode Island becomes the first of Britain's North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves, 1774
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia  is founded, 1798
Meriwether Lewis and four companions sight the Great Falls of the Missouri River, 1803
A fire devastates much of Vancouver, British Columbia, 1886
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich at 11:30 PM, 1886
Yukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital, 1898
The University of the Philippines College of Engineering is established, the largest degree granting unit in the Philippines, 1910
Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, is discovered, 1955
The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them, 1966
Thurgood Marshall is nominated to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
Fahd becomes King of Saudi Arabia upon the death of his brother, Khalid, 1982
Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system, 1983
President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, 2000
The US withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, 2002
The Al Askari Mosque is bombed for a second time, 2007
A capsule of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa returns to Earth with particles of asteroid 25143 Itokawa, 2010


  1. love love love.
    and you rock the telling of the story.

  2. Gosh this reminds me of our boy when he was younger.

  3. Thank you, Carla.

    Mary, i'm glad it gave you a smile.

    Stephen, i get the feeling most boys are a lot alike, aren't they?

  4. Rock on, Little Girl! slapping on bandages 'n stuff.

  5. I can relate to the sanitizer incident. I came home from work one day placed my keys on a shelf in the kitchen. Attached to the key ring was attached an "innocent" looking pepper spray container. My wife's niece, being the inquisitive 32 year old woman that she is, picked up my keys. She unlatched one lever flipped another and pushed the button. Needless to say her face was red in more was than one.

    After rinsing her face and hands off and airing out the kitchen I asked why did she play with it. He answer was, I dunno."

  6. kids brains work differently! Enjoy your weekend!