Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Timely Reminder (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


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 Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, and are posted by Elephant's Child.                  

Here are this weeks prompts. 

  1. Ironically 
  2. Trove
  3. Reflecting
  4. Visit
  5. Dressing gown
  6. Buttercup

And / or

  1. Chronic
  2. Slippers
  3. Stretching
  4. Chuckled
  5. Technical 
  6. Practice

IRONICALLY, the song "Build Me Up, BUTTERCUP" was playing on the radio when the alarm went off.  He CHUCKLED to himself over it, and STRETCHING, his toes reached automatically for his SLIPPERS.  It was a TECHNICAL move that he no longer had to PRACTICE to get up in one smooth spring from the bed, grab what she had always snobbishly (in his mind) referred to as his DRESSING GOWN, and head off to VISIT the "facilities" (which was another of her snobbishnesses, that word).

REFLECTING on their argument the day before, when she had finally revealed her true intention to not put their marriage back together, after the months of talk that they were making progress, that she would move back soon, that all would be well, he realized just how relieved he was.  Trying to please her was a CHRONIC pain in the back of his mind.  He reached for the TROVE of toaster pastries he was now able to keep in the pantry (totally forbidden by her as not worth eating) and decided he wasn't going to hold it against her that she had built him up just to let him down. The landing was going to be the best part.


Today is:

Abolition Day -- Martinique

Bear Waking Day -- Norway (traditionally said to be the day the bears awaken from their hibernation, at least according to many sites)

Buy a Musical Instrument Day -- even just a kazoo, and have some fun making music; maybe if this one spreads around the world and enough of us do it, it will foster some harmony in our lives

Elf Fest -- Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary (near Needmore, Indiana; through next Monday)

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day -- because children need different care, they aren't just tiny adults  

Harvey Milk Day -- The Harvey Milk Foundation    

Independence Day -- Montenegro

International Day for Biological Diversity -- UN

Lag B'Omer -- Judaism (begins at sunset)

National Maritime Day -- US (commemorating the first transoceanic voyage under steam power)

National Sovereignty Day -- Haiti

National Vanilla Pudding Day

Nazul Al-Quran -- Brunei Darussalam; Malaysia (Quran Revelation Day)

Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl -- Cambodia (Royal Ploughing Ceremony, to mark the beginning of the rice growing season)

St. Julia's Day (Patron of torture victims; Corsica, Portugal; Livorno, Italy)

St. Rita of Cascia's Day/La Abodada de Impossibles (Patron of desperate causes, difficult marriages, forgotten causes, illness, lost causes, parenthood, sick people, sterile people, victims of physical spousal abuse, widows, wounded people; against abuse, infertility, loneliness, sickness, sterility, wounds, unhappy marriages; Cascia, Italy; Dalayap, Philippines; Igbaras, Philippines)

Toad-Pinching Day -- Fairy Calendar (Pixies)

Toothpaste Tube Day -- the tube was invented on this day in 1892 by dentist Washington Wentworth Sheffield, who wanted to replace the unhygenic practice of dipping the brush into a jar of dental cream

Unity Day / National Day -- Republic of Yemen

World Goth Day -- Get your Goth on around the world!   

Birthdays Today:

Apollo Anton Ohno, 1982
Ginnifer Goodwin, 1978
A.J. Langer,1974
Naomi Campbell, 1970
Morrissey, 1959
George Best, 1946
Paul Winfield, 1941
Michael Sarrazin, 1940
Frank Converse, 1938
Richard Benjamin, 1938
Susan Strasberg, 1938
Garry Wills, 1934
Peter Nero, 1934
Charles Aznavour, 1924
Judith Crist, 1922
Sun Ra, 1914
Sir Laurence Olivier, 1907
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859
Mary Cassatt, 1844
Richard Wagner, 1813

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"(TV), 1967
"Paulus / St. Paul"(Oratorio, Mendelsshon Op. 36), 1836

Today in History:

The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus, BC334
The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo, 1176
Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe, 1377
Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England, 1455
A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason, 1807
On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna), Napoleon is repelled by an enemy army for the first time, 1809
The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean; the ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20, 1819
HMS Beagle  departs on its first voyage, 1826
The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished, 1840
Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns, 1842
The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened, 1897
The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine", 1906
Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain other than Mount St. Helens to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century, 1915
The most powerful earthquake ever documented, the Great Chilean Quake, measures 9.5 and strikes southern Chile, 1960
The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard 400 miles southwest of the Azores, 1968
Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations, 1972
Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man, 1980
Microsoft  releases the Windows 3.0 operating system, 1990
Johnny Carson retires from The Tonight Show after 30 years, 1992
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia join the United Nations, 1992
A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, 2002
Sarah West, a British naval officer Commander is appointed commander of HMS Portland, the Royal Navy frigate; she is the first female officer to take command of a major British warship, 2012
Japanese researchers from University of Yamanashi report birth of mice from freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station, 2017


  1. It sounds as if he has a wonderful life ahead to look forward to, without being nagged or put down - great take on the prompts.

  2. A great relief to be able to live his own life and be the person he is.

  3. I feel as relieved as the poor fellow. Good use of the prompts.
    List of birthdays: Today is a day for people with strange names, and according to Wikipedia you've given Apolo Anton Ohno an L too many ;) (I just had to look him up). Thanks for the lists ;)

  4. Freedom has to be fought for, but is worth the price.
    National Vanilla Pudding Day sounds good to me!

  5. How true! History shows that the path to liberty almost always involved wars and sacrifices.

  6. Good reminder about Memorial Day. It seems that all holidays are an excuse to party, or give gifts without much thought about the real meaning these days.

  7. Good and true quote for Memorial Day, I agree with the above comment too :-)

    Have a memorialtastic week :-)

  8. Mimi,

    Freedom isn't free. God bless the men & women who died so that we can enjoy our freedom.

    Great little story. I felt sorry for the husband's disappointment and sad knowing that there are too many couples in real life facing this sort of situation. Every person is different from the other, why can't couples say is this something I can live with forever? If not, then they shouldn't enter into marriage. It would save a lot of heartache. Boy, am I ever thankful for the invention of the toothpaste tube. :D

  9. You always come up with the best little stories. Amen to freedom.

  10. Good reminder about Memorial Day. They should give it to the president. Sorry Mimi. I should just keep my mouth shut about something that doesn't affect me. I have my own problems in Canada. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Freedom isn't free. Never has been. Love it.

    I love your story and I'm so happy this guy is free. What an awful way to live and I know a women just like that. I know a guy too. Awful.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  12. Never forget...always remember and honor.

  13. Interesting story choice for St. Rita of Cascia's Day, there, ma'am! ;-)

  14. Sad story. At least he gets to eat all of the toaster pastries. My husband says they are unhealthy but I still like to eat them anyway! HA! :)

  15. Great story, the guy sounds better off without her :)

  16. I love your story and can feel his relief in every word. I remember the 'weight of the world' leaving my shoulders the first morning I woke up after making him leave the day before all those years ago.

  17. Pastries does sound good, and also nothing free in life.
    Coffee is on

  18. Sometimes a change of heart can be best for all concerned.
    Somehow I don't think her heart was in it at all.

    My WFW can be found HERE

  19. perfect for Memorial Day weekend and so true ~ (have a bumper sticker that says the same thing)

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

  20. Lovely tribute and reminder of what we owe to those who have gone before.
    My Corner of the World


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