Thursday, November 5, 2015

Six Sentence Story: Cutting It Close

As usual, we will be cutting it very close, i said, as we wrapped up the discussion.

"Let me see if I have it," Little Girl said, while the others listened.  

"You and Bigger Girl will go clean Ms. R's house that morning, so Dad will pick me up from school and bring me home, Bigger Girl will get me from the house and bring me to the shelter before she has to go to her other job.  

"You will go directly to the shelter from work while Dad picks up the food, and he will come to the shelter with it, give the food to you, I drive him back home and go to work from there.  

"Meanwhile, you take the food and go straight from the shelter to rEcess -- is that it?"

It better be, i said, because if it gets to be any more than that, i think my head will explode!

Linking up with Uncharted Blog and Six Sentence Stories, where the cue word is Close.

Today is:

Conmemoracion Patriotica en la Ciudad de Colon -- Panama

Day of the First Shout for Independence -- El Salvador

Egyptian Day -- Medieval Europe day of bad forturne (common saying on this day was, "Notwithstanding, I will trust the Lord.")

Festival of Amun -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, US (hosted at the "Yachting Capital of the World"; through Monday)

Guy Fawkes' Day -- Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador; New Zealand; UK; a/k/a Gunpowder Day, bonfires celebrate that Guy Fawkes plot did not succeed; related famous celebrations
     Burning of the Tar Barrels -- Ottery St. Mary, Devon, UK (17 barrels soaked in tar are lit outside 17 taverns and carried through the town)
     Lewes Bonfire Night -- Lewes, East Sussex, UK
     Turning the Devil's Stone -- Shebbear, Devon, UK (erratic stone, possibly from an Ice Age deposit, turned every year on this day to assure good forturne)

Men Make Dinner Day -- BBQ is not allowed, but you can go to for ideas

National Doughnut Day -- well, it's better than buy a donut day, that one's too obvious

Nones of November -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Popes Day -- US name for the remembrance of Guy Fawkes' Day

St. Elizabeth's Day and St. Zechariah's Day -- parents of John the Baptist (Elizabeth is Patron of pregnant women)

Thanksgiving Day -- Liberia

Tori No Ichi -- Japan (the first "rooster day" of November, so called because it is held on the three days of the rooster this month, in which to wish good luck and prosperity at temple and shrine ceremonies around the country, and celebrate with a fair)

Wet Wellington Day -- Fairy Calendar (Imps and Gremlins; they really love it when this falls on a Wednesday)

Wuwuchim Fire Ceremonies begin -- Hopi Native American (dating approximate, as these ceremonies are now mostly closed to outsiders, a celebration of Masaw, god of death, and Spider Woman, the earth mother; a 16 day festival and manhood ceremony for adolescent boys)

Anniversary Today:

George W. Bush marries Laura Welch, 1977

Birthdays Today:

Kevin Jonas, 1987
Corin Nemec, 1971
Judy Reyes, 1967
Tatum O'Neal, 1963
Tilda Swinton, 1960
Bryan Adams, 1959
Bill Walton, 1952
Peter Noone, 1947
Sam Shepard, 1943
Art Garfunkel, 1941
Elke Sommer, 1940
Geoffrey Wolff, 1937
Ike Turner, 1931
Vivien Leigh, 1913
Roy Rogers, 1911
Joel McCrea, 1905
Strom Thurmond, 1902
Raymond Loewy, 1893
Will Durant, 1885
Ida M. Tarbell, 1857
Eugene Debs, 1855

Debuting/Premiering Today

"Into the Woods"(Sondheim musical), 1987
"Fifth of July"(Wilson play), 1980
"The Nat King Cole Show, 1956
The New York Weekly Journal(first edition), 1733

Today in History:

Wu MeKuan, a collection of 48 Zen koans, compiled in China, 1228
Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier (Brittany); it is the first Breton dictionary as well as the first French dictionary, 1499
St. Felix's Flood ravages the Dutch coast and destroys the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands, 1530
The Gunpowder Plot, in which Catholics were trying to blow up the English Parliament, is foiled, 1605
The first post office in the Colonies is opened in the home of Richard Fairbanks, 1639
Susan B. Anthony is arrested for trying to vote in Rochester, NY, 1871
The first US patent for a gasoline driven motor car is granted to George B. Selden, 1895
Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena from Sheepshead Bay, NY, completing the first transcontinental plane flight, in 49 days, 1911
Colombia joins the United Nations, 1945
USS Rentz, USS Reeves and USS Oldendorf visit Qingdao (Tsing Tao) China — the first US Naval visit to China since 1949, 1986
André Dallaire attempts to assassinate Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada, but is thwarted when the Prime Minister's wife locks the door, 1995
Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial, 2006
China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon, 2007


  1. KAPOW!!! scheduling like that is enough to pop my head for sure... You caught the overwhelmed feeling of that kind of day... Although your characters handled it better than i would.

  2. KAPOW!!! scheduling like that is enough to pop my head for sure... You caught the overwhelmed feeling of that kind of day... Although your characters handled it better than i would.

  3. I love the Six Sentence stories that grab you from the first word and don't let you go until the last!
    nicely done!

  4. Wow, that's a lot of going here and then going there and still there are other places to go. Well done.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. What a busy family! I hope the schedule worked out. :-)

  6. My goodness, tangled up lives. But it is fun to be busy!

  7. Bring a compass and a notepad!!

  8. Air traffic control sounds pretty simple compared to all that. I hope it worked out well.

  9. Even my head was about to explode as I read this. Excellent!

  10. I hear ya. Life gets that way sometimes.

  11. I hear ya. Life gets that way sometimes.

  12. This sounds like some complex planning.

  13. Oh Dear! This all sounds very complicated and I wonder who will be the first one to derail the plan. I know that many families run on schedules just like this, and I am amazed they can make it work! Great story, we feel the tension of the perfect timing that is required!

  14. Arrangements, for Moms, are works of organizational brilliance. You need a flow chart. So relatable.

  15. No one fully appreciates the juggling a mom does, do they?

  16. That was a lot for Little Girl to remember, but she did it! She must have been a good listener too.