Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Ms. SE's Kids Had a Great Christmas (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


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 to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Charlotte/Mother Owl.     

The words this week:














And/or the saying: You can't have your cake and eat it!

"Suri, what's taking you so long?"

Pam stood outside her friend's house, WONDERing why she was so late coming out.  Didn't she know they needed to get back to the story?

The girls had dreamed up the idea of writing a book together, and were spending inordinate amounts of time in the tree house discussing, debating, cooking up plot lines and writing out notes.

A good story, they knew, had to have a treasure CHEST in it for starters.  Suri wanted the treasure in a LABYRINTH, and Pam held out for a CAVE below the SURFACE of an enchanted mountain.  They'd been discussing it in Pam's kitchen while getting a snack, and Pam's mother had suggested a labyrinthine cave, which satisfied them both.

Today they were going to talk about what guarded the cave, and what the Princess (of course there is a princess in every great story, they reasoned) was going to have to overcome to find it.

Suri finally came out to find Pam standing at the edge of the chicken yard, where the best hen in the flock, Miss Betty, was leading a PROCESSION of her chicks.  Miss Betty had hatched out the UNHEARD of number of 17 chicks a few days before, and Pam, whose family raised vegetables but not chickens, was endlessly fascinated with them.

"How," Pam asked, as Suri tended to her morning chore of throwing out feed for the flock, "does one mama hen lay that many eggs and hatch them?"

"She doesn't," Suri answered as they watched the flock SWARM the area and start scratching for breakfast.

"When one hen gets broody and is ready to sit on a clutch of eggs, all the others decide to lay their eggs in that same nest and let her do all the work."

"I guess a SWAN wouldn't do that," Pam mused.

Suri looked at her friend.  "I don't know about swans.  Do we want a swan in the story?"

"Perhaps," Pam said.  "Let's go to the tree house and talk about it."

Once the girls were settled in the tree house, each with her notebook and pencil, Pam began to tell Suri about the swans she'd seen at the lake where her family had been on vacation the year before.  "They SWAM so beautifully, but they are not very nice birds.  They chase people away who get too close to the nests.  Maybe the Princess has to get past a Swan that chases everyone away."

"We'll have to add a pond or lake, then," Suri mused, dutifully making note of it.

The girls went on discussing, sometimes writing some lines of dialog, sometimes sketching out how they saw the land they were creating in their imaginations, until they could no longer ignore the DEMAND of their grumbling tummies that told them it must be lunchtime.

Pam's mother had fixed lunch for them that day, as the girls were so much together that summer the moms had agreed to just alternate the midday meals from one house to the other.  Both were enjoying listening as the girls would tell them about the stories and how it was going.  The girls were convinced they were writing a bestseller, and neither mom wanted to disabuse them of the notion or call it WISHFUL thinking.

"Girls, don't forget to load your dishes in the dishwasher," Pam's mom said as she got ready to go start a load of laundry.  "And how about the two of you spend some time this afternoon helping me weed the vegetable garden."

"But mom, we were heading back to the tree house!" Pam pleaded.

"Girls, you need fresh air and sunshine and Suri does her chores at home with the chickens and other things, Pam, you need to do your chores, too.  The weeding is getting behind, we can work together and you can talk while you work.  Trust me, a change of venue will help you come up with more ideas," Pam's mom was insistent.

"Plus, you can't eat your cake and have it, remember."

"What does that mean?" Suri asked.

"That's what mom says when we want to do one thing and she wants us to do something else," Pam explained, and her mother laughed.

"I guess I never have explained that to you, have I?  It means you can't have two incompatible things, like a whole summer to just do what you want and neglect your duties."

The whole summer, between chores and trips to the pond to swim, and even some bicycle riding and games, Suri and Pam worked on their story.

When school started up again, they had less time, and as months turned to years, the friends ideas about what made for a good story changed.  Their friendship didn't, though, and their mothers still treasure those old notebooks, yellowed and faded and full of young girls' daydreams.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Mali

Camcorder Day -- five companies agreed, this day in 1982, to cooperate and construct a camera with a built in VCR

Celtic Tree Month Beth (Birch) ends

Coffee Break Day

Day of National Mourning -- Azerbaijan (a/k/a Martyrs' Day)

Festival of Jubilation for Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, in Busiris)

Heroes Day -- Cape Verde; Guinea-Bissau (death anniversary of Amilcar Cabral)

La Tamborrada de San Sebastian -- San Sebastian, Spain (24 hours of drumming, begun last evening)

National Buttercrunch Day

National Cheese Lover's Day

National Granola Bar Day

National Disc Jockey Day -- listed lots of places, but no particular reason given for the choice of date

Penguin Awareness Day -- lots of celebrating, but no history of who started it

Sacrifices to Athena -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Stay Young Forever Day -- celebrate the child in all of us, do something fun

St. Sebastian's Day (Patron of archers, armorers, arrowsmiths/fletchers, athletes, bookbinders, diseased cattle, dying people, gardeners, gunsmiths, hardware stores, ironmongers, lace makers/lace workers, lead workers, masons, plague victims, police officers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, raquet makers, soldiers, stone masons/stone cutters; several cities, but especially of Rio de Janiero, Brazil and San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, where today is marked with celebrations; against cattle disease, enemies of religion, plague)

Take a Walk Outdoors Day -- unless it's storming, a good way to get some exercise

Birthdays Today:

Skeet Ulrich, 1969

Rainn Wilson, 1966

James Denton, 1963

Lorenzo Lamas, 1958

Bill Maher, 1956

David Lynch, 1946

Dorothy Provine, 1937

Arte Johnson, 1934

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, 1930

Patricia Neal, 1926

Otis Dewey "Slim" whitman, 1924

Federico Fellini, 1920

DeForest Kelley, 1920

Joy Adamson, 1910

George Burns, 1896

Harold Lincoln Gray, 1894

Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, 1889

Carolus Linnaeus, 1778

André-Marie Ampère, 1775

Richard Henry Lee, 1732

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Meet the Beatles"(Album, US release), 1964

Today in History:

The first elected English Parliament called into session by the 6th Earl of Leicester, and meets in the Palace of Westminster (a/k/a Houses of Parliament), 1265

The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored, 1502

The Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) is founded in Spain to deal with American affairs, 1503

The cornerstone of Amsterdam town hall laid, 1648

The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson, 1788

China cedes Hong Kong to British, 1841

L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster, 1885

The first full length talking motion picture filmed outdoors is released, "In Old Arizona", 1929

Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on "final solution" calling for extermination of Europe's Jews, 1942

The first atomic submarine, USS Nautilus, is launched at Groton, Connecticut, 1955

Witnesses report sightings of a Bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the River Thames since records began in 1913, 2006

A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance, 2007

Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service in a referendum, 2013


  1. As always you have created a truly lovely story from the prompts. Thank you.

  2. Oh, what a sweet story. It reminds me of Elizabeth Enrights stories. Thank you!

  3. I love your story and I'm glad the mother's kept and cherished the earlier notebooks. What a wonderful summer that must have been.

  4. Ignore that stray apostrophe please.

  5. Great job putting together that story! We can imagine them in that tree house creating.

  6. What a touching piece. Did not expect that last bit.

  7. My kids would have loved that gift for Christmas.

  8. Those hoops sure would be popular! That was a super nice story.

  9. Mimi,

    If we had a full basement, I'd like to have one of those indoor basketball hoops. We used to shoot baskets when we visited DH parents when the kids were small. That was so much fun. :)

  10. I like that the girls stay friends for life. Writing a story together sounds like so much fun!

  11. Good story. I have never tried to write a story.

  12. How fun, I'd play too.

    I love your use of the prompts as always. You do these so very well. You also reminded me of my best friend in high school. Thank you.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  13. Well i enjoyed your story mimi you never fail to keep me reading :-)

    Have a safetastic week 😷😷😷

  14. Those hoops look like fun! I love that sweet story, thanks.

  15. What a charming story! Your brain is amazing! Cheers!

  16. Our Human is happily celebrating "stay young forever" day today!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  17. Such a great job with the story using all the prompts.

  18. You write so well ~ great story ~ ^_^

    Moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Good use of the WFW prompts. I like that the girls seems realistic about life and chores.

    Have a lovely day.


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