Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sinking (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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Did I really resort to using those words, did I sink to that? she wondered to herself.

She'd heard a thunk in the kitchen and then heard the words, in her mother's very own inflection and tone, coming out of her mouth, "Don't make me come down there!" as if the sentence had a mind of its own and was going to be spoken no matter how she wanted to hold it back.

With a deep sigh she started to get up from her office desk, wondering if she was even going to get time to do the last 30 minutes of work the boss wanted or if she'd have to wait until the children were in bed.  Most of the time she loved working from home so she could be with the children, but there were days when she admitted to herself there was something to be said for an office, at least until a colleague showed up to chat your ear off.

Stepping into the hall she was brought up short by the sight of her children dressed in the aprons they wore when they helped her cook and carrying trays of things they knew how to fix for themselves, cereal and oatmeal and toast.

"We decided to help, Mommy, we fixed dinner for you!" said the youngest with a smile, and she felt herself sink again, this time to her knees to hug them.



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


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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 blog to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.    

This week, i thought it would be funny to get a lot of fences at once, so i took this at the hardware store:

So many varieties from which to choose!



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Today is:

All or Nothing Day -- can't find who originated this one, but it's supposed to be the day you decide to live as if it's going to be your last!

Annie Oakley Days Festival -- Greenville, OH, US (keeping alive the legacy of "Little Miss Sure Shot" with a shooting contest today as well as a pilgrimage to her grave, then tomorrow starts the Melodrama performances, ugly boot contest, Family Fun Games, and more; through Sunday)

Arcadia Daze -- Arcadia, NY, US (lots of family friendly fun in this scenic village; through Sunday)

Aunt and Uncle Day -- originally proposed on this day in 2005 by Florida State Senator Tony Hill; if you have aunts and uncles you love, why not give them a call today

Berne Swiss Days Festival -- Berne, IN, US (Swiss food, dancing, yodeling, a stein-toss, and lots more family fun; through Saturday)

Calgary Folk Music Festival -- Calgary, AB, Canada (one of Calgary's biggest and most fun festivals; through Sunday)

Dia de la Rebeldia -- Cuba (Revolution Anniversary)

Dodge City Days -- Dodge City, KS, US (a celebration of Western heritage, this year's theme is "The Wild Side of the State"; through Aug. 5)

Festival of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of Sleipnir -- Norse Pagan (date approximate, honored Odin's eight-legged horse, Sleipnir)

Great Texas Mosquito Festival -- Clute, Texas, US (Annual salute to the fact that if you can't beat 'em, and when it's mosquitoes, you can't, you might as well celebrate 'em.  There's something for all ages, including the Skeeter Beaters Baby Crawl, a Mosquito calling contest, and a Mr. & Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, plus games, rides, carnival food, and more; through Saturday)

Green Corn Ceremony -- Native Americans (thanksgiving for the maize harvest; these are celebrated by many tribes in many different ways and are not generally scheduled as they depend on how the corn grows; some have with rites including a Thanksgiving Prayer, Confession Chant, and Feather Dance; the Santa Ana Pueblo holds an annual Corn Festival on this date each year that is open to the public)

Groovy Chicken Day -- don't ask, just enjoy

Independence Day -- Liberia(1847); Maldives(1965)

International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo -- Grand Isle, LA, US (hurricanes have tried to derail this celebration, but they come back better than ever each time; through Saturday)

Kargil Vijay Diwas -- India (Kargil Victory Day)

National Chili Dog Day

National Coffee Milkshake Day

Nova Scotia Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Festival -- Bible Hill, NS, Canada (Canada's longest running bluegrass festival and a great event for the whole family; through Sunday)

One Voice Day -- readings around the world of the Universal Peace Covenant, sponsored by the School of Metaphysics

Otaru Tide Festival -- Otaru Wharf, Otaru City, Japan (one of Japan's biggest sea festivals, through the 28th)

Racial Desegregation Day -- date in 1944 the US Army ordered training camp facilities desegregated, and the date in 1948 President Truman signed the order integrating the US armed forces

St. Anne's Day (traditional name given to the mother of Mary; Patron of broommakers, cabinetmakers, carpenters, childless people, equestrians, expectant mothers, grandmothers, grandparents, homemakers, horse men, horse women, housewives, lace makers, lace workers, lost articles, miners, mothers, old-clothes dealers, poor people, pregnancy, pregnant women, riders, seamstresses, stablemen, turners, women in labour; Canada; France; Micmaqs; over 20 cities around the world; against poverty and sterility)

St. Joachim's Day (traditional name given to the father of Mary; Patron of fathers, grandfathers, grandparents; Adjuntas, Puerto Rico)

Wonderful Drinks Day -- Fairy Calendar


Anniversaries Today

Signing of the American's With Disabilities Act, 1990
New York becomes the 11th US State, 1788
The United States Postal Service is founded, 1775


Birthdays Today

Taylor Momsen, 1993
Kate Beckinsale, 1973
Jeremy Piven, 1964
Sandra Bullock, 1964
Kevin Spacey, 1959
Angela Hewitt, 1958
Dorothy Hamill, 1956
Susan George, 1950
Roger Taylor, 1949
Helen Mirren, 1945
Mick Jagger, 1943
Dobie Gray, 1940
Stanley Kubrick, 1928
Blake Edwards, 1922
Jason Robards, Jr., 1922
Vivian Vance, 1912
Gracie Allen, 1902
Aldous Huxley, 1894
Carl Jung, 1875
George Bernard Shaw, 1856
George Catlin, 1796


Debuting/Premiering Today:

Alice In Wonderland(Animated film), 1951
The Babe Ruth Story(Film), 1948
"The Bob Howard Show"(TV), 1948
"Young Widder Brown"(Radio), 1938


Today in History

The first recorded women's cricket match took place near Guildford, England, 1745
The birth of what would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress, 1775
The Surrey Iron Railway, often considered the world's first public railway, opens in south London, 1803
In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself "Black Bart" makes his last clean getaway, 1878
Premiere of Richard Wagner's Parsifal at Bayreuth, 1882
Publication of the Unua Libro, founding the Esperanto movement, 1887
United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation), 1908
King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicated the throne, officially unveiled the Canadian National Vimy Memoria, 1936
The Labour Party wins the United Kingdom general election of July 5 by a landslide, removing Winston Churchill from power, 1945
U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council, 1947
U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981 desegregating the military of the United States, 1948
Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution, 1953
Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster, 1963
The National Assembly of Quebec imposes the use of French as the official language of the provincial government, 1977
A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, thus becoming the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 1989
Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days, 2005
Over 92,000 classified documents detailing incidents related to the war in Afghanistan are released by Wikileaks in the largest leak in U.S military history, 2010
President of France, Francois Holland finalizes a deal with Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara to forgive $4.7 billion dollars in debt incurred by the Ivory Coast when it was a French Colonial Power, 2012

12 comments:

  1. Such a heart warming story. Children know their ways around mamma... such a sweet gesture. loved it. :D

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  2. Do you think having "Chicken & Waffles" for dinner counts toward celebrating Groovy Chicken Day? Or should I plan on a coffee milkshake to get in today's food celebration?

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  3. Working at home sounds nice but if you think about it, I would prefer to go to work and then come home. What do you think Mimi? See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

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  4. Working from home, the good the bad and the lovely.

    Years ago I remember my friends mom, a mom of about 8, yelling down to the basement when several children were crying, "OK, but if I come down, there'd better be blood!"

    The crying stopped immediately.

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  5. What a blessing those babies were for fixing mom dinner. So precious. I love your stories.

    Have a blessed day, my friend. Big hugs. ♥

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  6. Sweet babies in your story ~ delightful!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  7. This got a big ole "Aw-w" from me ☺
    With your signature ease of style, you've without doubt, characterized the scene in thousands of households!
    Well done 6.

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  8. Oh, those humbling moments of being a mom strengthen the relationships!

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  9. very nice Six. Surprise ending, but of a most pleasant nature.

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  10. Great story. Kids can be so sweet. Clever idea for fences :)

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  11. I'm taking up the "Nothing Day"...today I intend doing nothing, and enjoy doing it! :)

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