The other day, i was treated to overhearing a conversation while taking Ms. P's kids home from some of their summer activities.
Only Daughter was on the phone. "Stacy, guess who I saw! Tommy Gardener! Yes! Really I did! Yes! He was at the place where my brother went to a birthday party! Well, if he told her that he was having his hair cut he was lying, because I just saw him here! He was hanging out with my brother!"
The above was accompanied with much squealing, and i can only imagine what was going on at the other end of the line.
Once Only Daughter hung up, she turned to the young man, a friend Eldest Son, who was riding home from the party with us. "What do you think of my hair?" she asked.
Being only about 12 years old, he was a bit dumbstruck, and wasn't sure what to say. As he ummed a bit, she said, "See, I colored it!" and turned to show the highlights.
"Oh! Yes, I see!" he said, quick to catch on. "It really looks good!"
"You like it?" she asked.
"Oh, yes, I do!" he said.
He probably has no idea he's in for many more such conversations in the future, and most women won't point out what is now different when they start such an exchange.
Upon getting back to the house, The Big Boss and Ms. P were in the throws of planting a garden. He is in his late 70's, and was wielding a garden tool that has the shape of a hoe, but three tines instead of a flat surface. He was going at it like nobody's business, and i could tell from the chainsaw and branches that he had been trimming the bushes not long before.
Ms. P came up to me and said, "Look at him! He hasn't been in such good shape in years! It was an awful thing to go through when he was forced to retire, but he's lost weight and he's looking wonderful! He can outwork me!"
"Are we going to plant, or are we going to talk?" The Big Boss said at that moment.
"Wow!" Ms. P whispered to me. "I never should have taken him to Pilates classes!"
Another time, Middle Boy and Youngest Boy and i had the usual conversation you get from kids who want to whine until they get what they want.
"We want to go to Sonic for dinner!" Middle Boy was practically yelling.
"Yeah! That or Chik-fil-A!" Youngest Boy added.
We have plenty of food here, i said. We can eat what is here, it's plenty.
Howls followed, with explanations that they were not hungry for what was in the house, and was i trying to starve them, and on and on.
Unperturbed, i went ahead and made each of them a half of a turkey sandwich, cut up some strawberries, and gave each a few chips. The i told them that if they were hungry enough, they would eat what was in front of them.
After about another hour of running around the house, they did eat most of it. They had been yelling for pizza rolls, too, and were told they could have some for a snack later. When they had eaten most of their dinner, i did warm up a few pizza rolls. Youngest only ate one.
All of that fussing, and they ate what i made and mostly enjoyed it. It just goes to show, as i said to them while we cleared the table, hunger is the best sauce.
Araw ng Maynila -- Philippines (Manila Day)
Bannockburn Day -- Scotland (decisive battle of the first Scottish War of Independence, led by Robert Bruce)
Burning of the Lamps in Egypt at Sais -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar, a celebration of Isis and Neith (date approximate)
Calcio Fiorentino -- Florence, Italy (reviving 16th century style football in period costumes, through the 28th)
Carabobo Day -- Venezuela (battle commemoration)
Celebration of the Senses -- Wellcat Holidays urges you to enjoy all five (six?) of your senses today
Countryman's Day -- Peru (one of Peru's three Fiestas Patrias Peruanas)
Day of the Caboclo -- Amazonas State, Brazil
Feast of Rahmat (Mercy) -- Baha'i
Flying Saucer Day -- anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's 1947 sighting, while flying near Mt. Rainier, of 9 metallic, circular objects he could not identify
Fors Fortuna -- Ancient Roman Calendar (rites and festival for the goddess of good luck and fortune)
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts -- Pilton, Glastonbury, England (the world's largest green field music and performing arts festival, including theatre, circus, cabaret, children's activities and more; through Sunday)
International Fairy Day/Faerie Day -- day for collectors, believers, and artists to share their love for the little folk
Little Bighorn Days -- Hardin, MT, US (celebrating the life and legends of the American West; through Sunday)
Lost Handkerchief Day -- Fairy Calendar
Museum Comes to Life Day -- another fun and funny day someone came up with
National Creamy Pralines Day
Smithsonian Folklife Festival -- Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., US (through Sunday, then again July 1-5; a model of research-based presentations of contemporary living cultural traditions of people around the world)
Sonoma-Marin Fair and World’s Ugliest Dog Contest® -- Petaluma, CA, US (livestock exhibitions, wine gardens, demolition derby, Ugly Dog Contest, and more; through Sunday)
St. John the Baptist's Nativity Day and related Midsummer celebrations (Patron of baptism, bird dealers, converts, children with convulsions, epileptics, farriers, French Canadians, lambs, monastic life, motorways, printers, tailors; against convulsions, epilepsy, hail and hailstorms, and spasms; Patron of over 60 cities and countries around the globe)
Inti Raymi -- Peru (Incan Sun Festival)
Jaanipaev -- Estonia
Jani -- Latvia
Jónsmessa -- Iceland (feast of St. John the Baptist, considered a magical night when cows can speak, seals take on human form, finding magical stones and herbs is propitious, and rolling naked in the dew is healing.)
Macau Day -- China (celebrating the defeat of Dutch invasion forces in 1622 and paying homage to St. John as the port's Patron Saint)
Midsummer Day -- England
National Holiday -- Quebec, Canada (Sant Jean-Baptiste)
Saint John the Baptist Day -- Andorra
Saint Jonas Festival or Jonines -- Lithuania
San Juan -- CT and GA, Spain
Surinal -- North Korea
Zuni Buffalo, Corn, and Comanche Dances -- Zuni Native Americans (for fertility of land and people; Vespers is also observed, as San Juan is their Patron Saint)
Swim a Lap Day -- just for fun!
Swing a Kid Day -- if swimming isn't right for you
Eton College is founded by Henry VI, 1441
Sherry Stringfield, 1967
Joe Penny, 1956
Nancy Allen, 1950
Phyllis George, , 1949
Peter Weller, 1947
Mick Fleetwood, 1947
Ellison Shoji Onizuka, 1946
Jeff Beck, 1944
Michele Lee, 1942
Claude Chabrol, 1930
John Anthony Ciardi. 1916
Phil Harris, 1904
Jack Dempsey, 1895
Roy O. Disney, 1893
Ambrose Bierce, 1842
Henry Ward Beecher, 1813
"Hopalong Cassidy"(TV), 1949
"American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press"(Radio), 1945
Today in History:
Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place, 972
A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion, 1374
John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland; the first European
exploration of the region since the Vikings, 1497
Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines, 1571
Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1604
The colony of New Jersey is founded, 1664
Kingston, Jamaica is founded, 1692
The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England, 1717
The first republican constitution in France is adopted, 1793
The decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain, the Battle of Carabobo takes place, 1821
First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français, 1880
The first exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens, 1901
Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract, 1916
The first airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto begins, 1918
Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the third prime minister, 1939
The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible, 1948
The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government, 1963
Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud completes his first mission, becoming the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist, 1985
John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history, 2010
The last known Pinta Island Tortoise, Lonesome George, is found dead in the Galapagos Islands, 2012