Thursday, June 20, 2019

Too Soon (Six Sentence Story) and Long Countryside Fences (Good Fences)

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"Let go, daddy!" she called, as he ran beside her new two-wheel bike.

"Please release me, let me go, for I don't love you anymore!" he crooned back, and they both laughed.

It was a tradition with all of the children, singing that to them any time they said the words, "Let go," and when they laughed, he would say, "You know I turned down a job as a backup singer for Elvis to be a doctor, right?"

"Really, daddy, I can do it," she said, so he let go and watched her make it several feet down the sidewalk before she teetered and then put her foot down to stop.

"I did it!" she yelled with delight, and they both grinned ear to ear.

"But I don't want to have to let you go too soon," he whispered to himself.

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


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

Driving home from vacation, i was able to snap a few nice, long country fences (although the fences are nicer than some of the pictures i got): 


Today is:

Corpus Christi -- Catholic Christian

Cuckoo Warning Day -- if you hear the cuckoo today, it will be a wet summer, according to old European traditions

Day of the National Flag -- Argentina (Anniversary of General D. Manuel Belgrano's Death)

Day of the Purification of All Things -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of the Great Spirit / Great Mystery -- various Native Americans (celebrations are around the time of the solstice)
    Cherokee call the spirit Asgaya Galun Lati
    Iroquois call the spirit Orenda
    Lakota call the spirit Wakan Tanka
    Zuni call the spirit Awonawilona

Festival for Summanus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (the god who threw thunderbolts at night)

Festival of the New Knee -- Fairy Calendar

Galesburg Railroad Days -- Galesburg, IL, US (celebrating the city's railroad heritage with carnival, exhibits, and more; through Sunday)

Hogueras de San Juan -- Alicante, Spain ("Bonfires of St. John," through the 29th, with the night of the 24th being the most magical as the festival is for St. John, whose day that is)

Ice Cream Soda Day -- i guess because it's hot enough now for one

International Surfing Day -- The Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine suggest contests, barbecues, film screenings, and organizing beach clean ups to celebrate 

Iron Skegge's Day -- Vikings (martyrdom of Iron Skegge, who died defending the temples of Maeri against Christians)

Martyr's Day -- Eritrea

Midsummer's Eve -- many and varying traditions, with some celebrating the day before the solstice, and some always tying it to June 23, St. John's Eve
    Night of the Fairy Goddesses Aine and Finnen -- Ireland (watch out for the antics of the little people on Midsummer's Eve, whichever day you celebrate it!)

National Dump the Pump Day -- The American Public Transportation Association used to sponsor this day to encourage you to consider public transportation as a way to cut down on high gasoline prices    

National Vanilla Milkshake Day

New Identity Day -- an internet generated holiday, just have fun thinking about who you might want to be for a day

Recess at Work Day -- engage in productive play!   

Scira/Skirophoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival for Demeter, organized by the women of Athens; date approximate)

Shakespeare on the Green -- University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, US (nonprofit professional productions of the Bard's works, including preshow seminars, workshops, period music and entertainment; this year's performances will be Hamlet and All's Well That Ends Well, through July 7)

St. Michelina of Pesaro's Day (Patron of mentally ill people, people with in-law problems, widows; against death of children, insanity and mental illness)

Takekiri Eshiki Matsuri -- Kuramadera, Kyoto, Japan (bamboo cutting festival; the bamboo represents snakes, so cutting it symbolizes victory over evil)

World Productivity Day -- no central focus, just a day for suppliers of productivity tools and training to celebrate what they contribute to society

World Refugee Day -- UN

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Oxford receives its charter, 1214
West Virginia becomes the 35th US state, 1863

Birthdays Today:

Robert Rodriguez, 1968
Nicole Kidman, 1967
Michael Landon, Jr, 1964
Cyndi Lauper, 1953
John Goodman, 1952
Lionel Richie, 1949
Andre Watts, 1946
Bob Vila, 1946
Anne Murray, 1945
Brian Wilson, 1942
John Mahoney, 1940
Danny Aiello, 1933
James Tolkan, 1931
Martin Landau, 1931
Olympia Dukakis, 1931
Chet Atkins, 1924
Audie Murphy, 1924
Jean-Jacques Bertrand, 1916
Errol Flynn, 1909
Lillian Hellman, 1905
Charles W. Chesnutt, 1858
Scipio Africanus, BC236

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Jaws(Film), 1975
"The Ray Stevens Show"(TV), 1970
"The Ed Sullivan Show"(TV), 1948

Today in History:

Flavius Aetius' battles Attila the Hun; the battle was inconclusive, and Attila retreats, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory, 451
Jews are expelled from Brazil by order of regent Don Henrique, 1567
The Irish  village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian  pirates, 1631
A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta, 1756
King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during The French Revolution, 1791
The U.S. vessel SS Savannah, the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, arrives at Liverpool, 1819
Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne, 1837
Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph, 1840 
Alexander Graham Bell installs the world's first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1877
Caroline Willard Baldwin becomes the first woman to earn a doctor of science degree, at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1895
A rare June hurricane struck Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35, 1959
The so-called "red telephone" is established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1963
The German parliament decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin, 1991
The Wikimedia Foundation is founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, 2003
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers grants private companies the right to create new website domain suffixes, 2011
Instagram offers users the ability to upload videos to their service, 2013
Dunedin and Christchurch, New Zealand, have roads cut off and flights cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, 2013
Rome elects its first female Mayor, Virginia Raggi, who is also its youngest ever, at age 37, 2016
The Hungarian government passes legislation that criminalizes aiding undocumented migrants, 2018


  1. LOVE your story.
    And suspect that parents always find it hard to let their babies go.

  2. Sweet story, as a mother of six, I can totally relate. Nice fences.

  3. That was such a nice story and pretty fencing places too!

  4. You never want to let them go to soon. I get that. Well done.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  5. So true, Mimi. We want our children to have the skills and experiences that will prepare them for when they are on their own.

  6. What a sweet story, Mimi! I think any of us as parents can relate to wanting our children to fly, but not fly away too soon or too far! I love country fences too. In these parts it's mostly cedar posts and barbed wire. :-)

  7. This resonates with me as even though my children are in their 30s I long for the days of yore when they needed me . I released them when they wanted it, but I miss them needing me. Also, don't cry for me Argentina, it's their flag day.

    Super six, super job. super use of the cue. just plain super.

  8. this is a wonderful story today; everyone can relate !!!

    and I wonder what Bell would think of phones today !! ☺☺☺☺♥♥

  9. Wonderful six, it reminded me of my dad.

  10. Aw. :) Seriously, that's what my mind said :D
    I imagine the releasing and letting go never really ends even when a child grows to adulthood - it just manifests in a more mature way :D

  11. Nice fences. Great story too. I am sure all parents have those feelings as kids reach milestones. I know I did for my niece.

  12. Those are some lovely fences. We like the story too. Have a great evening.

  13. So far away in time, so close in our memory.

  14. Aah yes how well I remember begging daddy to remove the training wheels and my brother helping me take that first ride to freedom.

  15. There is something nice about a white fence, I specially like a white picket fence myself. Where I live all the houses have brick walls although some of them are very pretty and decorative.

  16. What a sweet Six. So much in that scene, growing up and away, perhaps, with love.

  17. This one is kind of a tear jerkier.. Familiar six to be sure..

  18. Ohh. I loved your story and it totally took me back to my dad teaching me and me teaching my kids. <3

  19. Such a loving six sentence story and wonderful sky shots!

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


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