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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 Elephant's Child.
This week's prompts are, first two phrases:
- Bitten off more than he can chew (taken on a task which is too much for him)
- Diamond in the rough (a person who is generally of good character but lacks manners, education, or style)
He was like a kid in a candy shop. They were EXPECTING delivery of the horse he had purchased now that the barn was up and functional.
He could hardly wait to WELCOME the new member of the family, having told her the horse was a Diamond In The Rough.
As usual, she was a bit worried he had Bitten Off More Than He Could Chew. Of course, he always managed to pull off his dreams somehow, so she made ready for TRIGGER, as he had named the horse, MOVING in.
They'd gotten all the ESSENTIAL equipment ready that they were told you would need to keep a horse.
The truck pulling a horse trailer rolled in, finally, and the driver led the horse out.
It was TALLER than she had thought it would be, and although he'd seen the horse once before, he was a bit overwhelmed by the size of it at that moment as well. The fact that he was going to have to be taking care of it and teach her her how to help crossed his mind. He figured there was no time like the present, so he squared his shoulders, stepped forward to take the lead rope, and led the horse to her.
He had given her some pieces of apple to feed the horse so they could make friends. "Hold a piece of apple flat on the palm of your hand," he told her, and she did. As he lead the horse near, it shied a bit, then spied the apple.
Trigger stepped over and ever so gently took the apple slice, ate it, then stuck his nose back on her hand, like he was looking for more. She smiled at how soft his nose felt, and it tickled her hand, so she put another piece on her palm, and again the horse took it. As he did, she reached out to pet him, and he held still and let her.
They didn't know it yet, but it was the start of a beautiful friendship.
Alexandra Rose Day -- anniversary of the tradition started by Queen Alexandra on this day in 1912, in which roses and rose emblems were sold in London and the UK, with the money going to smaller charities that are not usually in the national spotlight; also by tradition, the Lord Mayor of London bought the first rose
Alexandra Rose Charities still exists, but uses other forms of fundraising and now supports healthy eating initiatives among lower income mothers and children
Armed Forces Day -- Azerbaijan
Barcode/UPC Day -- the first scanner, at Marsh's Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, scanned its first item, a pack of Wrigley's gum at 8:01am this day in 1974
Beautician's Day -- on a couple of websites, while other list other days; if yours puts the "beauty" in beautician, remember her next time you go have your do tended to
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts -- Pilton, Glastonbury, England (the world's largest green field music and performing arts festival, including theatre, circus, cabaret, children's activities and more; through Sunday)
Handing Back of Tiger-Get-By's Presents -- Fairy Calendar
Holiday for the Shemsu of Heru -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Independence Day -- Madagascar[Fetin'ny Fahaleovantena]; Somalia
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking -- UN
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture -- UN
National Canoe Day -- Canada
National Chocolate Pudding Day
Ommegang Pageant -- Grand-Palace, Brussels, Belgium (three days of recreating of the medieval entertainment at the court of Charles V)
St. Pelayo's Day (Patron of abandoned people, torture victims; Castro Urdiales, Spain; Torreira, Portugal)
Sunthorn Phu Day -- Thailand (celebration of the country's best-known Royal Poet)
Ziua Tricolorului -- Romania (Flag Day)
Jennette McCurdy, 1992
Jason Schwartzman, 1980
Derek Jeter, 1974
Gretchen Wilson, 1973
Chris O'Donnell, 1970
Paul Thomas Anderson, 1970
Sean P. Hayes, 1970
Harriet Wheeler, 1963
Greg LeMond, 1961
Chris Isaak, 1956
Claudio Abbado, 1933
Eleanor Parker, 1922
Charlotte Zolotow, 1915
"Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, 1914
Colonel Tom Parker, 1909
Peter Lorre, 1904
Pearl S. Buck, 1892
Sir Robert Laird Borden, 1854
Lord Kelvin, 1824
Abner Doubleday, 1819
Arthur Middleton, 1742
For Your Eyes Only(Film), 1981
"Absurd Person Singular"(Play), 1972
"A Hard Day's Night"(Album, US version, release), 1964
"The Valkyrie"(Opera, WWV 86B), 1870
Today in History:
Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire; General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield, 363
The legendary Pied Piper leads 130 children out of Hamelin, German, 1284
Richard III is crowned king of England, 1483
Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima, 1541
W. K. Clarkson patents the first bicycle, 1819
The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States, 1870
The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity, 1909
The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco, 1945
William Shockley files the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor, 1948
The Berlin Airlift begins, 1948
The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America's Great Lakes to ocean-going ships, 1959
The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, 1974
Indira Gandhi establishes emergency rule in India, 1975
The CN Tower, the world's tallest free-standing structure on land, is opened to general public, 1976*
Biologists J. Craig Venter and Francis S. Collins announced that their research groups had mapped the human genome, 2000
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, the four thousand year-old ridge-top monastery in Bhutan catches fire and is destroyed; no relics were lost in the fire because the monastery was under renovation, 2012
Following the military coup in Thailand, people are warned that anyone calling for protest on social media will be prosecuted for sedition, 2014
The city of Falluja is freed from Islamic State control after a month-long campaign by Iraqi forces, 2016
Iceland’s presidential election is won by history professor Guðni Jóhannesson, 2016
The Panama Canal's third set of locks opens for commercial traffic, doubling the Canal’s capacity, 2016
A polio outbreak is confirmed in New Guinea by the World Health Organization, 18 years after it was declared free of the disease, 2018
*It is still the tallest in the Western Hemisphere