Thursday, January 14, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Change

"When I went over to help Ms. Becky pack up, she introduced me to her friend and to the movers as your kid, and I told her you've just sort of adopted me, but I'm not really your kid," Red-headed Alec was saying, describing how he had helped the lady up the street pack up after our elderly neighbor died the other day.

"She said she still trusted me as if I was one of your kids, since you let me stay here, and that I worked harder than the movers," he continued.  "We managed to get the important stuff out of the house so the relatives who aren't in the will can come in the house now and Ms. Becky doesn't have to worry about them taking things like they did when Mr. C died."

You don't just stay here, you are part of our family, i told him, and i'm glad you were able to help her.

"Yeah, I've known your family since I was twelve, and I wouldn't change any of it, except maybe for a couple of the stupid fights I had with your eldest son.  Now, the fight with Dave where we both punched him in the face at the exact same time, I wouldn't change that for the world!"

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

Today is:

Assembly Line Workers' Day -- listed on many sites but no particular reason for it to be this day; then again, why not today?

Azhirnikhua -- Abkhazia (Day of World Creation)

Cakes and Ale Day -- emblems of the good life, a day to remember the good things we have, and be grateful

Celebration of the 2nd Week of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Daikoku Matsuri -- Kanda Myojin Shine, Tokyo, Japan (purification ceremony; through tomorrow)

Day of Defenders of the Native Land (Army Day) -- Uzbekistan

Feast of Divina Pastora -- Barquisimeto, Venezuela (religious procession attended by about 2million people)

Feast of the Ass -- Medieval Christianity (commemorates the Flight Into Egypt)

Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo -- Espace de Fontvielle, Monte Carlo (the best circus acts and performers from five continents; through the 24th)

International Kite Festival -- Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India

Makar Sandranti -- India/Hindu Calendar (part of the sidereal solstice festivals)

National Dress Up Your Pet Day -- do you really dislike your pet this much?

National Forest Conservation Day -- Thailand

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Niino no Yukimatsuri -- Izu shrine, Niino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (snow festival with offerings made to bring a good harvest in the coming year; through tomorrow)

Nosso Senhor de Bonfim Festival -- Salvador, Brazil (Our Lord of the Happy Ending Festival, at the church by that name, the celebrations begin with washing the steps of the church today and celebrations run through this Sunday and to the next)

Organize Your Home Day -- another one that i can't figure out who started it, but i will say s/he was nuts to think this could be done in one day

Orthodox New Year -- RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia

Pongal continues -- Tamil New Year, among the Tamil People (multiple day thanksgiving festival at the end of harvest)
     Tamil Thai Pongal Day -- Sri Lanka
     Maghi Parba/Maghe Sankranti -- Western Nepal

Ratification Day -- US (anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that recognized the independence of the US from England)

Revolution and Youth Day -- Tunisia

Sidereal Winter Solstice Celebrations -- throughout South and Southeast Asia

St. Felix of Nola's Day (Patron of domestic animals, eyes; Nola, Italy; against eye diseases, false witness, lies, perjury)

St. Sava's Day (Patron of Serbia and all Serbs)

Take a Missionary to Lunch Day -- to honor Albert Schweitzer's birth anniversary

Winterskol -- Aspen, Colorado (Aspen's annual "toast to winter", through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today:

Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Cavallari, 1987
Jason Bateman, 1969
Emily Watson, 1967
Shepard Smith, 1964
Steven Soderbergh, 1963
Lawrence Kasdan, 1949
Carl Weathers, 1948
Nina Totenberg, 1944
Holland Taylor, 1943
Faye Dunaway, 1941
Jack Jones, 1938
Andy Rooney, 1919
William Bendix, 1906
John dos Passos, 1896
Hal Roach, 1892
Hugh Lofting, 1886
Albert Schweitzer, 1875
Thornton W. Burgess, 1874
Richard Felton Outcault, 1863
Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1806
Benedict Arnold, 1741

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Bionic Woman"(TV), 1976
"Sanford and Son"(TV), 1972
"Sinfonia Antartica"(Vaughan Williams' 7th symphony), 1953
"Today Show"(TV), 1952
"Tosca"(Puccini Opera), 1900

Today in History:

The Knights Templar are formally approved by the Roman Catholic Church, 1129
Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery, 1514
Spain annexes Cuba, 1539
The "Fundamental Orders", the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut, 1639
Massachusetts holds a day of fasting for wrongly accusing "witches", 1699
Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War, 1783
The US Supreme Court rules that racial separation on trains is unconstitutional, 1878
An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1000, 1907
Henry Ford introduces the assembly line to the production of the Model-T, 1914
The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight, 1950
The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established, 1960
Toronto, Ontario Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city, 1999
The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years, 2004
Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan, 2005


  1. Your life belongs in a soap opera or life documentary. It is filled with some of the most interesting people.

  2. Nice. And there is so much unsaid that leaves me wondering and wanting to fill in the blanks.

  3. Some thing you just don't want to change. I love this post. You're such a good person and it shows often.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. lol... great parting image (the simultaneous punch!)

  5. Guys seem to like fighting and wouldn't want to miss out on one, nor forget about it especially when you have the upper hand! There's always a story to tell later.

  6. Guys seem to like fighting and wouldn't want to miss out on one, nor forget about it especially when you have the upper hand! There's always a story to tell later.

  7. Oh to be a fly on the wall for that one!!!

  8. Oh to be a fly on the wall for that one!!!

  9. I'd like to know more about that fight with Dave...

  10. Makes me want to know who Dave is and what on earth he did to deserve the double punch!

  11. It is amazing what still sits in our minds just as memorable after so many years yet other things flee away lost for ever.

  12. This story of an "adopted" member of the family made me smile. Your cast of characters are all so colorful and from the tales you share I suspect there is never a dull moment around your house! :-)

  13. Oh, dear! What a fight that must have been!