Thursday, January 19, 2017

Six Sentence Story and a Good Ivy Covered Fence

"Don't you ever want a turn making a wish?" she asked him one night as they climbed into bed, quietly so as not to wake the young boy sleeping in the next room.

"Sweetheart, all I've ever wished for is you, and a good life for our boy, and now for our grandson."

"I know that," she said, "but aren't there some things you want for yourself, too?  Some of the small luxuries that make you happy, things you've always wanted, the kind of things we could never have before?"

"I'm just not sure that using a Djinn to get things like that is either a good idea, or would bring the same satisfaction as if I earned those things," he responded.

"Killjoy," she said teasingly, but long after she was asleep, he was still pondering the conversation, going over what he'd never been able to settle in his mind, if this Djinn bottle was a blessing or not.

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


Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.

If your fence isn't giving your side yard enough privacy...

...let the ivy grow wild!

Today is:

Annual Visit of the Poe Toaster -- the mysterious person who, for almost 75 years, dressed in black with a wide brimmed hat and scarf, annually visited Poe's grave on his birthday, leaving roses and cognac; has not been seen since 2009

Brew A Potion Day -- internet generated, no reasons given

CHA Winter Convention and Trade Show -- Phoenix, AZ, US (largest Craft and Hobby Association show of the year; through the 23rd)

Confederate Heroes Day -- Texas, US (some things never change)

Feast of Sultan (Sovereignty) -- Baha'i

Horror Novels Are Horrendous Day -- for Poe's birth anniversary

La Tamborrada -- San Sebastian, Spain (begins in the evening, a 24 hour drum jam session and the city's biggest fiesta)

Little Ricky Day -- marking the date of his arrival on "I Love Lucy"

National Popcorn Day

Neon Sign Day -- patented this day in 1915

Sacrifices to Apollon -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

St. Canute's Day a/k/a St. Knud (Patron of Denmark)

St. Henry of Uppsala's Day (Patron of the Catholic Cathedral of Helsinki; Finland; against storms)

Sundance Film Festival -- Park City, UT, US (the premier US independent films festival; through the 29th)

Theophany/Epiphany -- Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians who still follow the Julian Calendar
     Timket -- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (with huge, colorful festivals through the whole country)
     Blessing of the Waters -- Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia, Bayswater, London, UK

Tin Can Day -- patented this day in 1825

Women's Healthy Weight Day -- on the Thursday of Healthy Weight Week, encouraging women to strive for a healthy weight and lifestyle 

Birthdays Today:

Shawn Johnson, 1992
Jodie Sweetin, 1982
Frank Caliendo, 1974
Drea de Matteo, 1972
Shawn Wayans, 1971
Wendy Moniz, 1969
Junior Seau, 1969
Paul McCrane, 1961
William Ragsdale, 1961
Thomas Kinkade, 1958
Simon Rattle, 1955
Desi Arnaz, Jr., 1953
Dewey Bunnell, 1952
Robert Palmer, 1949
Paula Deen, 1947
Dolly Parton, 1946
Shelley Fabares, 1944
Janis Joplin, 1943
Michael Crawford, 1942
Phil Everly, 1939
Richard Lester, 1932
Robert MacNeil, 1931
Tippi Hedren, 1931
Fritz Weaver, 1926
Jean Stapleton, 1923
Guy Madison, 1922
John H. Johnson, 1918
Lester Flatt, 1914
Edgar J. Helms, 1863
Paul Cezanne, 1839
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809
Robert E. Lee, 1807
James Watt, 1736 (O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"48 Hours"(TV), 1988
"The Millionaire"(TV), 1955
"Woman of the Year"(Film), 1942
"Il Trovatore"(Verdi Opera), 1853
"Faust Part I"(Goethe tragic play), 1829

Today in History:

Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy, 1419
San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines, 1607
The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay, 1788
The United Kingdom occupies the Cape of Good Hope, 1806
Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtain a patent for a process of storing food in tin cans, 1825
Goethe's Faust Part I premiers, 1829
Verdi's Il Trivatore preniers in Rome, 1853
The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey, 1883
Ibsen's play The Master Builder premiers in Berlin, 1893
Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising, 1915
The US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations, 1920
Coopers Inc. sells the world's first briefs, 1930
For the only time in recorded history, snow falls in Miami, Florida, 1977
The last VW Beetle made in Germany leaves the plant, 1978
United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity, 1981
The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced, 1983
Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations, 1993
The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto, 2006


  1. That is a lot to think about- would he have all the good things he does if not for the djinn? I saw your comment on my blog- the 4th fil-in is: ___________ is __________.

  2. Intriguing post and great Ivy fence ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend ahead ~ ^_^

  3. I'd say earning what you want/need is far better than magic. I think the price is too high to take the easy way.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. I'm intrigued by your story using the prompt turn...
    What is he thinking???

  5. They only spirits I want in a bottle are of the whisky variety! Interesting take on turn.

    Click here to read my six!

  6. Ivy looks great . Thanks for joining to my fences

  7. I think he is very wise to be wary of instant wealth acquired in this way. As much as we all might like to magically make it happen, it only stands to reason that it will come with hardship and problems of its own.

  8. I suspect it isn't a blessing, or there isn't much of a story here and you're too good a writer for that.

  9. I think he knows the real secret, that it is best to be content with what you have and not always wishing for something more. I like the lessons you are weaving into this story as you go, Mimi!

  10. and... the issue was still on his mind. nice portrayal of how ideas, even those we reject on face value, can become part of our world, and therefore, maintaining the potential to be realized. Even though we had no intentions along those lines!

  11. That is the dilemma isn't it for the Djinn's interference is actually taking something away from someone else.

  12. Great story. - That's some Ivy covering that fence.

  13. To know if something is a blessing or not, that is the question. If we could have what we thought we wanted without some work and some sacrifice could prove to be a mistake at times.


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