Thursday, September 8, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Courage From a Bottle

What would be so bad about her finding out about you?" he asked, and the Djinn, a little too quickly to his mind, responded, "The fewer humans who know about me, the better!"

"That's one reason, but what is your real reason?" he persisted; he had the strange feeling this was important.

The Djinn heaved a sigh and said, "Like your grandmother, you aren't going to take the easy answers, I rather knew that, but I'd hoped we could go through a bit of the, ah, earlier history your family had with me before we delved into how your marriage came to be, and why no one but your blood family can find out about me."

He went through a range of emotions all in about 10 seconds, encompassing worry, confusion, anxiety, and mostly fear -- how much of all this did he really want to know, and how could he rid himself of what he was now worried might turn out to be a family curse, and do it without telling his wife, when he shared everything with her?

The Djinn continued, "That day she first looked you in the eye over the chemistry lab table and you worked up your courage and asked her out, you weren't out of your league at all; she was tired of self-absorbed overtly handsome jerks and was thrilled a nice young man like you asked, all I had to do was give you that shot of courage at your grandmother's request."

"And my wife can't find that out because..." he couldn't help but say, and the Djinn finished with, "...because that was also part of your grandmother's request, that she never, ever know."

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


"On the road again!  Just can't wait to get on the road again!"

Okay, okay, i'll stop singing.  But i'm excited because i am on the road again.

DiDreaming and i are driving to San Antonio for what i call the Sanity-fest, my yearly get away from the nuttiness that is my life.  (No, i don't need to watch any "stories" on TV, my life is crazier than anything they can come up with.)

We are meeting up with friends and staying at Grace's home, and i am, as i always do, bringing a ton of Community Coffee and the fixings for a huge gumbo dinner.  We will be doing lots of fun, touristy things and not having a care in the world (except when Sweetie calls, which, from experience, will be about a dozen times a day).

My posts for the next few days may be a bit adrenaline fueled.

Today is:

Community Day -- EX, O, Spain

Feast of Honor for Lada and Lela -- Slavic Pagan/Asatru (harvest festival, a holiday of bread and farewell to summer)

Feast of 'Izzat(Might) -- Baha'i

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin -- Catholic Christian; related observances
     Jum il-Vittorja -- Malta (Feast of Our Lady of Victories)
     Matki Boskiej Zielnej -- Poland (Feast of Greenery, also harvest celebration)
     Public Holiday -- Liechteinstein
     Virgen de la Victoria -- Spain

Heritage Open Days -- UK  (What's on your doorstep?  Go find out, explore for free places that often charge admission or are not usually open to the public, castles to cottages to battlefields, all over the country; through the 13th)

Independence Day -- Macedonia

International Literacy Day -- UN

Jeune Genevois -- Geneva, Switzerland (Geneva festival, dating back to the 16th century)

Kosrae Liberation Day -- Micronesia

La Vierge de Meritxell -- Andorra (Feast of Our Lady of Meritxell, a National Day and official flag day)

Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival -- Estes Park, CO, US (wonderful celebration of the heritage of the Highlands and Ireland; through Sunday)

Marion Popcorn Festival -- Marion, OH, US (performances by nationally renowned entertainers, races, parade, arts and crafts, and more popcorn than you could ever shuck; through Saturday)

National Date Nut Bread Day

Navy Day -- Pakistan

Pardon Me Day -- anniversary of the 1974 pardon of Nixon

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day

Rettir -- Iceland (around this time of year; a traditional sheep round up celebrated in Iceland during September and int October, actual round up dates may vary from region to region)

St. Adrian's Day (Patron of arms dealers, butchers, prison guards, soldiers; against plague)

St. Elizabeth's Day (Orthodox Churches; Mother of John the Baptist; Patron of expectant mothers; Fulda, Germany)

Toronto International Film Festival -- Toronto, ON, CA (through the 20th)

Tug of War World Championships -- Malmo, Sweden (hosted this year by Sweden's Tug-of-War Association, and fun whether you are an enthusiast or just looking to watch the fun; through Sunday)

World Physical Therapy Day 

Yellow Daisy Festival -- Stone Mountain, GA, US (annual arts and crafts festival and fun; through Sunday)

Birthdays Today:

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, 1981
Pink, 1979
David Arquette, 1971
Henry Thomas, 1971
Alan Feinstein, 1941
Frankie Avalon, 1940
Guitar Shorty, 1939
Patsy Cline, 1932
Peter Sellers, 1925
Sid Caesar, 1922
Claude Pepper, 1900
Antonin Leopold Dvorak, 1841
Richard I (Lionheart), 1157

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Oprah Winfrey Show"(TV), 1986
"Star Trek: The Animated Series"(TV), 1973
"Star Trek"(TV), 1966
"Tarzan"(TV), 1966
"That Girl"(TV), 1966
"F Troop"(TV), 1965
The Old Man and the Sea(Publication Date), 1952
"Blondie"(Comic strip debut), 1930

Today in History:

The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews safety and personal liberties and giving battei din jurisdiction over Jewish matters, is promulgated by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland, 1264
Michaelangelo's David is unveiled in Florence, 1504
St. Augustine, FL, becomes the first permanent European settlement of the New World, 1565
The US "Pledge of Allegiance" makes its first appearance in print, in the Youth's Companion, 1892
Galveston, TX, is struck by a hurricane and tidal surge that kill 6,000, 1900
First appearance of the comic strip "Blondie", 1930
3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape, 1930
The original Star Trek series premiers, 1966
The Beatles perform their new hit "Hey Jude" as their last live TV performance on the David Frost show, 1968
Chinese athlete Wang Junxia sets a new women's 10,000 m world record of 29:31.78, breaking the former record by 42 seconds, 1993
Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America, 2005
Pakistan and India announce plans to mutually ease visa requirements, 2012
The government of Hong Kong backs down on plans to introduce Chinese patriotism classes in schools after weeks of protests, 2012


  1. Love the continuing story. Enjoy your road trip.

  2. Have to get caught up, I think. I've been out of the loop here for a long time! This one's intriguing for sure.

  3. Have fun in San Antonio. I've never been but I hear its a beautiful city.

  4. yeah... definitely a good story going here (nice twist with the 'her not to know') keep it up!

  5. Have fun in san Antonio! Great story...some day i will share i know sept 8 is pardon me day!

  6. Have fun in san Antonio! Great story...some day i will share i know sept 8 is pardon me day!

  7. I love how this story is slowly unraveling.

  8. Wonderful story, it definitely made me smile! Now let's see if he can keep that secret! I hope you have an awesome time in San Antonio, you so deserve this sanity break... ENJOY!!


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