Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Wrong Link / Vacation Fences

"We can link the tablet to your phone," he was saying, "and then you can do all the cool things your friend Mrs. Marion does and then some!" 

She smiled at him and asked, "How did my little boy grow up to be so very good with this technology?"

"It's not that hard, mom, you know I like math and science."

"Yes, and you are getting better at those all the time while some of your other studies suffer."

"Mom, sooner or later we both have to face the fact that I'm just not cut out to study music because I'm not a musician like my dad, I want to be a doctor like your dad."

"Having you study music was my way of trying to link you to your father, but you are right," she sighed deeply and added, "it's not working."

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


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.

The fence around the property walking up from the beach.

The gate that leads down to the beach.

Today is:

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed Day -- simply a good day to remember this, and thank a friend

Corpus Christi -- Catholic Christian

Czech Days -- Tabor, SD, US (celebrating foods and traditions of the Czech people who settled this area; through Sunday)

Dia del Arbol -- Costa Rica (Tree Day/Arbor Day)

Fly A Kite Day (on the anniversary of Ben Franklin's kite experiment)

Fort Union Trading Post Rendezvous -- Williston, ND, US (re-creation of the fur trade era; through Sunday)

Global Wind Day -- to celebrate wind energy 

Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest -- Beaver's Bend State Park, Broken Bow, OK, US (celebration of Native American culture; through Saturday)

Magna Carta Day -- UK (King John set his seal on the document this day in 1215)

Mangaia Gospel Day -- Mangaia, Cook Islands

Napoleon Bivouacs -- Waterloo, Belgium (reenactment of Napoleon's military camp at the sight of his battle battle against Allied forces led by the Duke of Wellington, and this year, for the Bicentenary of the Battle there will be a larger reenactment; through the 21st)

National Dump the Pump Day -- The American Public Transportation Association encourages you to consider public transportation as a way to cut down on high gasoline prices 

Native American Citizenship Day -- US (passage, in 1924, of the legislation recognizing citizenship of Native Americans in the US)

National Lobster Day

Nature Photography Day -- sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association 

Prairie Villa Rendezvous -- Prairie du Chien, WI, US (learn about the fur trader lifestyle of days gone by, make Indian fry bread, learn how hard it was to load a rifle with gunpowder back in the day, learn about plants and medicines, and more; through Sunday)

Recess at Work Day -- engage in productive play! 

Salvation Day/National Day of Salvation -- Azerbaijan

Sam Steele Days -- Cranbrook, BC, Canada (fun for all, celebrating the life and legend of Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police in the 1880's; through Sunday)

Separation Day -- Delaware, US (date of declaration of separation from England and Pennsylvania)

Smile Power Day -- test out smile power today, it's free!

Sneak a Kiss Day -- usual litany of cautions with this internet generated holiday

Steamboat Days -- Burlington, IA, US (fun on the Mississippi Riverfront; through Sunday)

St. Vitus' Day (Patron of actors, comedians, dancers, dogs, epilepsy sufferers; against animal attacks, dog bites, epilepsy, lightning, oversleeping, rheumatic chorea, Saint Vitus' Dance, snake bites, storms, wild beasts; Badia Calavena, Italy; Czech Republic; Forio, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; Recanati, Italy; Vacha, Germany; Wetsens, Netherlands; Zeven, Germany)

Valdemar's Day and Reunion Day -- Denmark (an official Flag Day)

Vestalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (main and final celebration, in which the Temple of Vesta was swept clean)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day -- because our elders deserve to be protected and cared for properly 

Anniversaries Today:

King Hussein of Jordan marries Lisa Halaby (Queen Noor), 1978
Gustaf, Crown Prince of Sweden marries Princess Margaret of Connaught, 1905
Arkansas becomes the 25th US State, 1836

Birthdays Today:

William Dean Martin, 1981
Neil Patrick Harris, 1973
Leah Remini, 1970
Ice Cube, 1969
Lisa McCall, 1969
Dina Meyer, 1969
Courtneney Cox Arquette, 1964
Helen Hunt, 1963
Julie Hagerty, 1955
Jim Belushi, 1954
Simon Callow, 1949
Nicola Pagett, 1945
Waylon Jennings, 1937
Mario Cuomo, 1932
Erroll Garner, 1921
Muzaffer Tema, 1919
Bob Wian, 1914
Edvard Grieg, 1843
Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, 1767
Henry FitzRoy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII, 1519
Edward the Black Prince, 1330

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Lion King(Animated film), 1994
Dick Tracy(Film), 1990
"Hee Haw"(TV), 1969
"My Little Margie"(TV), 1952

Today in History:

The Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history, BC763
King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta, 1215
The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys, 1667
Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity, 1752
Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania, 1776
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel, 1785
Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber, 1844
The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 1846
Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II and is the last emperor of the German Empire, 1888
The most destructive tsunami in Japan's history kills more than 22,000 people, 1896
A fire aboard the steamboat SS General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1000, 1904
Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated, 1911
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter, 1916
A German expedition led by Karl Wien lost sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat (9th highest mountain), the largest single day loss of life on an 8,000m peak, 1937
In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government of North America, 1944
Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations, 1994
Near earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, 2002
In Bulgaria, remains that some believe to be the bones of John the Baptist, are scientifically proven to be from a Middle Eastern man and dated to be from the first century AD, 2012


  1. In the end, we chose what to become by ourselves. Great fences, and warm greetings!

  2. I am glad the boy has an understanding mother. Pretty gate and fence. Have a beautiful day!

  3. Sometimes kids just don't connect. You can't force it. Good job on this.

  4. Interesting, I didn't expect his mom to have a change of heart so quickly.

  5. Parents can offer guidance but for a person to be truly happy they must pursue their own dreams.

  6. I love your ongoing story. Kids want to follow their path, not someone else. Love it.

    Enjoy your vacation. ☺

  7. I am glad he voiced his preferred field and she acquiesced.
    Beautiful story, Mimi.

  8. It is a very wise mother who understands the desires of her son's heart and accepts that he must follow his own path in life rather than the one she might choose for him. Very good story, Mimi!

  9. I love American white fences in Europe white are not common

  10. So often kids are pointed in the wrong direction by pushy parents. Thankfully he was not. Lobster for supper methinks!

  11. A different type of story. Looks like you are having a gorgeous and peaceful time.

  12. always a gift (to all) when a person accepts (and claims) their true calling.

  13. Luckily he had a mind of his own and knew the right path to take in his career. I like to imagine what if he had complied with his mother's wish and later on found he really had chosen the wrong career. That would be really sad.

  14. As much as people sometimes hope, we don't always connect with particular relatives, parents, etc. Best thing anyone can do is accept each individual for who they are and honor their preferences. To do otherwise is terribly detrimental in the end.
    National Lobster Day - didn't know that, but glad I do now!

  15. Hopefully he and his father can make connections in other ways to strengthen their relationship.
    Great SSS.