Thursday, April 12, 2018

A to Z: Kickball (Six Sentence Story) and Keep Out (Good Fences)

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“That was quite the rousing game of kickball,” Dad said with a smile as the children came trooping in.

“Loud enough to wake the dead,” Mom added with a wink at Dad as she served up bowls of steaming soup with thick pieces of crusty bread.

“Yeah, it was a lot of fun!” said the youngest, who had been allowed to join the big kids, along with their friends up the street, as the scorekeeper.

“And we can’t play any quieter,” one of the older ones added.  “Yelling is the best part!”

Mom and Dad both laughed at this and Dad said, “Well, then, we promise not to put a damper on your yelling or your fun.”

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Wake.     


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 you don’t quite have the money to fix the fence, there’s more than one way to keep critters out:


To enjoy more blogs participating in the A to Z Challenge, click here.


Today is:

Big Wind Day -- anniversary of the strongest natural wind ever recorded on the earth's surface, at Mount Washington, NH, US; the wind gusts reached 231 mph

D.E.A.R. Day (a/k/a Drop Everything And Read) -- sponsored by the ALA, on Bevery Cleary's birth anniversary 

Eat All Your Snacks Before the Movie Even Starts Day  -- with all the ads before the movie, doesn't that happen anyway?

Festival of Cerealia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (seven day public and private festival for Ceres)

French Quarter Festival -- New Orleans, Louisiana, US (celebrate all that makes the Vieux Carre special, antiques, food, and 275 hours of musical entertainment; through Sunday)

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Halifax Day -- North Carolina, US (anniversary of the resolution adopted authorizing voting for independence in 1776)

Houston Art Car Parade Weekend -- Houston, TX, US (the world's oldest and largest art car parade is on Saturday; festival through Sunday)

Lailat al Miraj -- Islam (observance of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem; begins at sundown, local customs and dates may vary)

Randox Health Grand National -- Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England (the world's greatest steeplechase, according to many, dating back to 1839; today is Grand Opening Day, tomorrow is Ladies Day, and Saturday is Grand National Day)

Sinhala & Tamil New Year's Eve -- Sri Lanka

St. Sabas' Day (Patron of Lectors, torture victims)

St. Zeno's Day (Patron of anglers, children learning to speak, children learning to walk, fishermen, newborn babies; city and diocese of Verona, Italy)

Support Teen Literature Day -- US (on the Thursday of National Library Week)

Thingyan -- Myanmar (Burmese Water Festival; part of the New Year celebrations)

Walk on Your Wild Side Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, a day in which to do something no one would expect from you

Yom HaShoah -- Judaism (Holocaust Remembrance Day; began sunset yesterday, ends at sunset today)

Yuri's Night -- International (Commemoration of first human in space, Yuri Gagarin)
    Cosmonaut's Day -- Russia
    International Day of Human Space Flight -- UN

Birthdays Today:

Saoirse Ronan, 1994
Riley Smith, 1982
Claire Danes, 1979
Sarah Jane Morris, 1977
Nicholas Brendon, 1971
Shannen Doherty, 1971
Nick Hexum, 1970
Art Alexakis, 1962
Vince Gill, 1957
Andy Garcia, 1956
David Cassidy, 1950
Tom Clancy, 1947
Dan Lauria, 1947
David Letterman, 1947
Ed O'Neill, 1946
Herbie Hancock, 1940
Dennis Banks, 1937
Tiny Tim, 1930
Ann Miller, 1923
Beverly Cleary, 1916
Henry Clay, 1777
Lyman Hall, 1724
Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, BC599

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"21 Jump Street"(TV), 1987
"Your Hit Parade"(Radio), 1935
"Madame Bovary"(Publication date), 1857
"Oberon, or The Elf King's Oath"(Weber opera), 1826
The Tatler(Journal, first edition), 1709 Note:  this original version of a publication with the name lasted only two years

Today in History:

Constantinople falls to the Fourth Crusade, temporarily ending the Byzantine Empire, 1204
The formal inquest of Galileo by the Inquisition begins, 1633
The first edition of Tatler Magazine is published in London, 1709
The American Civil War begins at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, 1861
George C Blickensderfer patents a portable typewriter, 1892
Pierre Prier makes the first nonstop flight from London to Paris, in 3h 56m, 1911 
Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England, 1937
The strongest surface wind gust ever measured, 231 mph, at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, 1943
The Salk vaccine is declared safe and effective, 1955
Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space, 1961
Samuel Doe takes over Liberia in a coup d'etat, ending 130 years of peaceful and democratic presidential successions, 1980
The first launch of a space shuttle, the Colombia, 1981
The Euro Disney Resort officially opens (now Disneyland Paris), 1992
Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam, 1994
Zimbabwe officially abandons the Zimbabwe Dollar as their currency, 2009
Following the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, Japan raises the crisis level to 7, equal to the disaster in Chernobyl, 2011


Elephant's Child said...

Love your six sentence story and the effortless way you incorporate the A-Z into your posts.

Gosia said...

Great fence join in the evening

Nancy Chan said...

Yelling is fun in games! Have a wonderful week!

Jz said...

Licorice Day couldn't be tomorrow, huh?

UP said...

Loud people get on my nerves, and how did licorice get its own day?

Melanie Crouse said...

This is my first time stopping by your blog. Great story! Melanie's Stories

Cruisin Paul said...

Yelling, I'm not sure that it is proper especially when you have a headache. If not, yell all you want. Ha,ha,ha. Have a great day Mimi.

Cruisin Paul

joeh said...

I loved kickball, I hardly ever struck out.

Sandee said...

Reminds me of when we gals play quarters. We are very loud and it's just the way it is.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Anonymous said...

Yelling with exuberance and jubilation is a wonderful sound. The other kind, not so much. I felt happy reading your story.

pilch92 said...

Great story, sounds like cool parents. I had forgotten about kickball :)

cube said...

I have fond memories of playing kickball and, yes, we could get loud, but exuberant yelling is more fun when you're a participant. That's why there are so many retirement communities.

Mandy said...

The kids I was watching this morning definitely didn't know how to keep quiet. We went to the park and it was the best thing we could have done. Hopefully they will be calmer this afternoon. :)

Clark Farley said...

I remember that! The 'yelling is the best part'.... such a small thing yet completely beyond reach now.
good Six

Unknown said...

I grew up in the projects and every kid in the neighborhood and sometimes their parents would all get together and play Kick the Can. And you're always and forever trying to shut up some kid who's going to reveal your hiding place! This was a real Deja Vu story for me! Thank you, Zoe

Pat B said...

I love this family creating wonderful memories together. The cue word is brought into play so effortlessly. You have such a way with words. :-)

GirlieOnTheEdge said...

What a fun 6! Brought me back to my youth. I loved playing kickball at school. Back then the concrete parking lot is where recess was held and saw many a game of kickball. And yes! Yelling and screaming was the best part, it was totally unavoidable lol

GirlieOnTheEdge said...

P.S. Happy Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! :)

The Cynical Sailor said...

That brought back such memories of playing kickball as a kid. :-)

Josie Two Shoes said...

How I love the reminders of the simpler childhoods we led, no electronics and very little TV time. we lived outside as much as we could and entertained ourselves in games like this, or with imaginary adventures in backyard tents pitched over clotheslines. The sound of happy kids laughing and yelling and cheering each other on, is music to parent's ears. Kids have an abundance of energy to expend. :-)