Thursday, June 29, 2017

Peach of a Story and a Brick Fence

"And what about that girl, that Annie?" his mother went on, giving him the knowing look that only a mother can give.

"She's my friend..." he started to say, but his mother interrupted.

"I think she is more than just a friend, mothers know these things!" she said.  Her voice softened, "I raised you well, so I know you wouldn't have any friend who wasn't a good person.  Maybe she can come to dinner some night soon so I can get to know her, after all, if I ever want grandchildren, I'd better be willing to meet the girls you date."

He smiled and hugged his mother hard and yelled, "Mom, you're a peach!"

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, hostess of Six Sentence Stories, where the cue is Peach.

Good Fences

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.

A fine brick fence on the High Land Road.

Today is:

Autonomy Day -- French Polynesia

Camera Day -- internet generated, but a fun one to celebrate

Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul -- Christian
     St. Paul, Patron of Greece, Malta, rope makers, tentmakers, upholsterers
     St. Peter, Patron of clockmakers, fishermen, Russia; against fever, foot trouble, wolves
     a recognized holiday in Chile; Holy See; Italy; Malta[l-Imnarja]; Peru; GR and TI, Switzerland; Wallis and Fortuna
     Haro Wine Festival -- Haro, LaRioja, Spain (a festival that includes a Battle of Wines, where wine is thrown from buckets at opposing teams; on the feast day of the city's patron, San Pedro)
     Rat-Catcher's Day -- often cited because some of the earliest legends of the Pied Piper claim he took the children on the Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul

Freedom Days -- Farmington, NM, US (the Four Corners region celebrates freedom and The 4th in a big way; through July 4)

Hug Holiday -- while the National Hug Holiday Week has been moved to the beginning of May, this is the original day, and was for quite a while, so go give someone a big hug!

Independence Day -- Seychelles

National Almond Butter Crunch Day

National Bomb Pop Day -- on the Thursday in June right before US Independence Day, to kick off the celebration with the original red, white, and blue bomb pops

National Handshake Day -- US; sponsored by professional development companies on the last Thursday in June, encouraging everyone to develop a good, professional handshake

Oharai/Grand Purification Festival -- Shinto

Oregon Bach Festival -- University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US (international gathering of musicians, master classes and performances, and family events so even the youngest music fans can fall in love with the works of J.S. Bach and other masters; through July 15)

Roswell UFO Days -- Roswell, NM, US (tons of stuff for the serious and those who just want to have fun with the whole concept; through Sunday)

Runic Half-month Feoh (wealth) commences

Smithsonian Folklife Festival -- Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., US (through July 4, then again July 6-9; a model of research-based presentations of contemporary living cultural traditions of people around the world)

Waffle Iron Day -- don't know why today, but it's a great gadget, and if you have one, pull it out and use it today

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival -- Greensburg, PA, US (multicultural celebration of food, fine arts, handicrafts, and music from many nations; through Sunday)

Wicked Fairies Summer Debate -- Fairy Calendar (i'd love to hear this!)

Birthdays Today:

Prince Aristide Stavros of Greece and Denmark, 2008
Amanda Donohoe, 1962
Sharon Lawrence, 1962
Fred Grandy, 1948
Richard Lewis, 1947
Gary Busey, 1944
Robert Evans, 1930
Ray Harryhausen, 1920
Slim Pickens, 1919
Bernard Herrmann, 1911
Nelson Eddy, 1901
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900
James Van Der Zee, 1886
William James Mayo, 1863
George Washington Goethals, 1858
Julia Clifford Lathrop, 1858

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Moonraker(Film), 1979

Today in History:

An Irish monastic chronicler records a solar eclipse, 512
Jacques Cartier makes the European discovery of Prince Edward Island, 1534
The Globe Theatre in London, England burns to the ground, 1613
Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario, 1786
Coal is discovered on Vancouver Island, 1850
Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada's worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec, 1864
France annexes Tahiti, 1880
The first known recording of classical music, Handel's "Israel in Egypt", is made on a wax cylinder, 1888
Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation, 1891
Doukhobors burn their weapons as a protest against conscription by the Tsarist Russian government, 1895
France grants 1 km² at Vimy Ridge "freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes," 1922
Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Canada receives a patent for sprocket and track traction system used in snow vehicles, 1937
Isabel PerĂ³n is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina, 1974
The Seychelles  become independent from the United Kingdom, 1976
The space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir Space Station for the first time, 1995
Two car bombs are found at Piccadilly Circus, in the heart of London, 2007
News that European Union members agree on a deal to help some struggling Eurozone members causes world stock markets to soar, 2012


  1. That's such a lovely story , Mimi- peach of a story indeed.

  2. Sounds like such a good Mom to us. Great story. You all have a super day.

  3. If he was 16 the response would be "MOTHER!"

  4. lol (at joeh's comment...totally agree)

  5. That is sweet. The first thing Bill's mom said to me was, "Are you Catholic?" Good thing I had recently converted; right? Cute story, Mimi. HUGS!
    P.S. My "alien" story was a bit of humour, based on the odd photo prompt. That was a challenge!

  6. That is a very fine brick fence - so pretty!
    Have a great week-end!

  7. Excellent story. That is a nice fence.

  8. So tactful of the mother. That is a pretty fence. Have a beautiful day!

  9. Mother and son clearly have a lovely relationship. What a delightful little tale.

    Click to read the Amble Bay Newsletter!

  10. I love reading your stories. They are so very well written and entertaining.

    Love that brick fence. Very nice.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  11. Your stories are very interesting and well written. Did you ever try to write a complete book? By the way, that fence looks very expensive. It's well made. See ya Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  12. Wise and wonderful is the mother who encourages her children to share what is transpiring in their lives, rather than lecturing and pushing them away. I suspect that his mother's trust in his choices will not be misplaced, and she will be in a much better position to talk to her son about this girl once she has met her and finds out more about her. I am a firm believer in not putting your children in a position where they feel they need to lie to you, even if they know it's not necessarily something you will be happy about. Great story, I hope there will be more of it in the weeks ahead!

  13. Wow I thought that was going in such a different direction. Nicely done...zoe/ivy

  14. If only more mothers were like that. A really beautiful story Mimi.

  15. That's a fine looking fence. Solid. Love your story. Don't think any of my children have ever called me a Peach. Although one once called me a brick. (Yes, that is a good thing!)

  16. Great SSS. I like the comfortable conversation of this mother and son. It sounds like Mom knew what he wasn't ready to admit or confide just yet. Moms do have a way of knowing.

  17. Very sweet story. Too bad all mother's aren't this good at receiving a son's girlfriend. Some moms are jealous.

  18. Mom always knows. True that.

  19. Mom is a peach.

  20. So glad to hear that the mom is warming up to the girl-friend in the story. - Nice looking brick fence/wall.