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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, the prompts are being provided by Delores at Mumblings.
This week's words are:
The tilt to parts of the FENCE BESPOKE of either neglect or lack of funds, he was not certain which.
Rounding the corner, he saw a pig WALLOW next to a barn that looked to be in about the same condition as the fence.
The house beyond it, however, was in much better shape. It could have been on a POSTER advertising the charms of country living.
The whole scene reminded him of the saying about how if a man's barns are bigger or better than his house, his income exceeds his outgo and his SAVINGS are large. This was the opposite, obviously a small farm where the people took fabulous care of the house, but the rest of the place looked shabby chic, or perhaps like the owners were always STONED.
A sudden noise behind him DERAILed his thoughts and he turned to see a boy of about 12 on horseback, fighting with the reins to get control as the horse tried to run away with him. With only a split second to act, he jumped aside and grabbed a tree limb that BENT down close to the road. Swinging himself up on it in a manner more desperate than ERGONOMIC, he had barely gotten a clumsy hold on his perch when the horse was next to him and he reached out to grab the boy out of the saddle.
He had hold of the child more by the back of his clothing than anything, and since he was only dangling a couple of feet above the road by this time, he let go and then jumped down himself. The boy picked himself up and looked at him, DRAINED of all color, and tried to catch his breath.
"Thank you," he finally heaved. "You're welcome," the man replied, as what happened hit him and the adrenaline aftermath set in.
"Where do you live? We need to get you home and tell your family what's happened. They will need to look for the horse. I'm Dave, by the way," the man said, offering his hand to the youngster, who looked befuddled at first.
Reaching out hesitantly to give a handshake, probably the first of his life, the youngster said, "I'm Phillip, and don't worry about the horse, he knows where the barn is. Dad keeps trying to SPLICE that BRIDLE together and it's just not holding. Steely Dean runs away every chance he gets if the bridle doesn't hold, but he always comes back."
"Well, I'd feel better if I could make sure you get home safely before I go back to the motel," Dave said.
"That's home," Phillip answered, pointing to the house Dave had been musing about.
"Are you sure you are okay?" Dave asked.
"I'm sure, and thanks again," Phillip answered. "I'd best get back to the house, Dad will be calling me for chores soon." He turned and headed toward the gate, leaving Dave to slowly amble back to the motel on the edge of town, thinking deeply.
Banned Websites Awareness Day -- sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians
Black Walnut Festival -- Stockton, MO, US (tours of the world's largest black walnut processing plant, plus parade, crafts, carnival and entertainment; through Saturday)
Bureflux -- Discordian Calendar
Cobweb Pie Making Day -- Fairy Calendar
Dia de la Bandera Nacional -- Ecuador (Day of the National Flag)
Dominion Day -- New Zealand (trad.)
European Day of Languages -- European Union
Festival of Venus Genetrix -- Ancient Roman Calendar
International Tool Day -- internet generated, now gladly embraced by toolmakers
Johnny Appleseed Day -- birth anniversary of John Chapman
Love Note Day -- take pen and paper and send that special someone a love note today, the idea of Leona Hamel of QC, Canada
Mesothelioma Awareness Day -- bringing to light this cancer caused by asbestos exposure
National Pancake Day
National Women's Health and Fitness Day -- US, sponsored by Fitness Day
Old Holy Rood Day -- OS calendar (the day blackberries become unsafe for picking) related observance
Mid-Autumn Day -- Scottish Highlands (traditional; considered the day harts begin to mate and a weather prognostication day)
Search for Your Baseball Cards Again Day -- on lots of trivia sites; recommended because you never know
September Revolution Day -- Yemen
Sts. Cosmas and Damian's Day (Patrons of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, barbers, blind people, chemical industry/manufacturers, doctors/physicians/surgeons, hairdressers, midwives, people with hernias; Alberobello, Italy; Ossimo, Italy; against blindness and pestilence) related observance:
Begin now to lay in supplies for your Michaelmas supper on the 29th
United States Postal Service Day -- US (the first postmaster general under the current constitution, Samuel Osgood, was appointed this day in 1789)
World Contraception Day -- International
Serena Williams, 1981
Lawrence Leritz, 1962
Melissa Sue Anderson, 1962
Linda Hamilton, 1956
Jane Smiley, 1949
Mary Beth Hurt, 1948
Olivia Newton-John, 1948
Lynn Anderson, 1947
Brian Ferry, 1945
Anne Robinson, 1944
Kent McCord, 1942
Julie London, 1926
Jack LaLanne, 1914
George Gershwin, 1898
T.S. Eliot, 1888
Edmund Gwenn, 1877
John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, 1774
St. Francis of Assisi, 1181
"Knight Rider"(TV), 1982
"The Brady Bunch"(TV), 1969
"Hawaii Five-O"(TV), 1968
"Gilligan's Island"(TV), 1964
"The Beverly Hillbillies"(TV), 1962
"West Side Story"(Musical), 1957
"Lucia di Lammermoor"(Opera), 1835
"The Gladiator"(Play), 1831
Today in History:
In keeping a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus, Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, BC 46
Sir Francis Drake returns to England with Spanish treasure, 1580
In a battle between Venetians and Turks in Athens, the Parthenon and Acropolis are seriously damaged, 1687
New Jersey passes a bill requiring a license to practice medicine, 1772
Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first Secretary of State of the US, 1789
Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren't poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey, 1820
The Diamond Match Company patents book matches, 1892
New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire, 1907
Indonesia is admitted to the United Nations, 1950
Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time, 1973
The United Kingdom agrees to the handover of Hong Kong, 1984
An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse, 1997
Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel, 2008
Georgia changes its second language from Russian to English, 2010
Saudi Arabia announces it is overturning its ban on women driving - last country in the world to do so, 2017