Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The Client's Hidey Hole Secret is Safe With Me (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 Alex J. Cavanaugh and are posted by Elephant's Child.            

The words this week are












He'd been feeling poorly, and finally was in serious pain and went to the hospital. Like knights on a QUEST,  the doctors looked for SUSPECTS, checked kidney function, the areas of his back that had given him trouble for years, several other things.

Then came the word, it was WAR, and the battlefield was his body.  An ALIEN called cancer had taken over with FURY, he wasn't guaranteed a TOMORROW.

In a very, very short time he went from cane to METAL walker, to wheelchair, to bed-bound.  Before the end, when he could still get outside, he joyed in his cigars, like a DRAGON puffing out smoke rings.

Finally, though, on a cold WINTER morning in the DARKNESS, he quietly slipped away.

Mr. KW, husband of my client Ms. RW, went home to heaven yesterday morning.  He deeply and profoundly loved Jesus, and knew where he was going.  Ms. RW told me she gave him a kiss and went to make her coffee before the sun was even up, and when she and her daughter went back in the room a few minutes later, he was gone.

All of us who loved him are profoundly happy for him, and profoundly sad for us.


Today is:

Day of Remembrance for Oleg the Prophet -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan

Four Chaplains Day -- US (by act of Congress, honoring the four chaplains of the Dorchester who gave their life jackets to others and went down with the ship on Feb. 3, 1943)

Fukuju no mai (Jimai) -- Sensouji Temple, Japan (dance of the seven gods of fortune)

Halfway Point of Winter/Summer -- which it is depends, of course, on your hemisphere; be glad that cold weather will warm soon, or that cooler temps will relieve your hot spells

Heroes' Day -- Mozambique

Magnolia and Fish Jubilee -- Fairy Calendar

Martyr's Day -- Sao Tome and Principe

National Carrot Cake Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day -- US  (This year's call to action is Lead Her Forward!)    

Nuestra Señora de Suyapa -- Honduras (Festival of the Virgin of Suyapa, Patroness of Honduras)

Setsubun-sai (Bean-Throwing Festival) -- Japan/Shinto (many fests throughout Japan) 

St. Anskar's Day (patron of Denmark, Scandinavia, Sweden; Bremen, Germany; Hamburg, Germany)

St. Blaise's Day/Blessing of Throats Day (Patron of animals, builders, carvers, healthy throats, stonecutters, veterinarians, wool-combers, wool weavers; Dalmatia; Anguillara Sabazia, Italy; Bovolone, Italy; Camastra, Sicily, Italy; Cassano allo Ionio, Italy; Castellania, Italy; Doues, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Militello, Sicily, Italy; Montecatini Val di Cecina, Italy; Palombara Sabina, Italy; Pietrasanta, Italy; Revello, Italy; Sacrofano, Italy; against coughs, goiters, throat diseases, whooping cough, wild beasts)

Takisanji Oni Matsuri -- Takisan-ji Temple, Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

The Day the Music Died -- anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson)

Veterans' Day -- Thailand

Anniversaries Today:

Jean-Claude van Damme weds Darcy Lapier, 1994

Wake Forest University is established, 1834

Birthdays Today:

Isla Fisher, 1976

Maura Tierney, 1965

Keith Gordon, 1961

Thmas Calabro, 1959

Nathan Lane, 1956

Morgan Fairchild, 1950

Dave Davies, 1947

Blythe Danner, 1943

Fran Tarkenton, 1940

Shelley Berman, 1926

Joey Bishop, 1918

Simone Weil, 1909

James Michener, 1907

Norman Rockwell, 1894

Gertrude Stein, 1874

Elizabeth Blackwell, 1821

Horace Greeley, 1811

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Victor Borge Show"(TV), 1951

"The Three Caballeros"(Cartoon Film; US debut), 1945 

"Face the Music"(Musical), 1932

"Le carnaval romain"(Berlioz, Op. 9), 1844

"Semiramide"(Opera, Rossini), 1823

Today in History

Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, becoming the first known European to travel so far south, 1488

The first paper money in America is issued by the colony of Massachusetts, 1690

Philadelphia establishes a "pesthouse" to quarantine immigrants, 1743

The Dutch States-General forbid the export of windmills, 1752

Spain recognizes US independence, 1783

The world's first commercial cheese factory is established in Switzerland, 1815

The sovereignty of Greece is confirmed in a London Protocol, 1830

The Wisconsin Supreme Court declares the US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional,1855

Emperor Meiji becomes the 122nd emperor of Japan, 1867

The 15th Amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing Black suffrage, is passed, 1870

Albert Spalding, with only $800, starts a sporting goods company, which eventually manufactured the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football (American style football), 1876

Circus owner P.T. Barnum buys Jumbo the elephant, 1882

The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution, the income tax, is ratified, 1913

Canada's original Parliament building, in Ottowa, burns down, 1916

Percival Prattis becomes the first African-American news correspondent allowed in the United States House of Representatives and Senate press galleries, 1947

A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa kills Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson and the incident becomes known as The Day the Music Died, 1959

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of the "a wind of change" of increasing national consciousness blowing through colonial Africa, signalling that his Government was likely to support decolonisation, 1960

The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon, 1966

In Cairo, Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestine Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress, 1969

New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption, 1971

John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announce history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth, 1984

Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, 1995

The New York Giants defeated the heavily favored and previously undefeated 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14, in what is known to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, 2008

Eric Holder becomes 82nd and 1st African American US Attoney General, 2009

Moscow has its heaviest snowfall in a day on record, killing one and bringing down 2,000 trees, 2018

Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the first ever papal visit to the Arabian peninsula, 2019


River said...

Wow. I was thinking "this is a great way to use the words," then, the unexpected truth at the ending. Bittersweet.

Elephant's Child said...

This is a truly beautiful use of Alex's prompts. Thank you - and my condolences to every one who misses him.

Victor S E Moubarak said...


God bless.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

My condolences to his family and friends. Cancer is evil. I was diagnosed 10 years ago and it metastaticised 4 years ago. I battle on! My friend was diagnosed 2 years ago and was dead within 4 months. I am one of the lucky ones given extra years, and as long as I am careful it doesn't affect me too much.

stevebethere said...

My condolences also to the family what a sad story may he RIP

Have a safetastic week 😷😷😷

My GBGV Life said...

So sorry for the loss. It sounds like he went pretty quickly and didn't have to suffer a lot, but it is still so very sad. On the other paw, love that Singer in the first photo. Mom sews but not with a machine like that.

Karen BakingInATornado said...

Your story surprised me, I assumed it was fiction right until the end. I'm sorry to you and to Mrs. RW and family.

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

Well written memento for Mr. KW. R.I.P

Sandee said...

You have to have places to hide your treasures. I so remember.

I'm so sorry about your friends passing, but the battle is over for him. Prayers all around.

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Hiding snacks is fine, as long as you remember where you hid them! That was a beautiful story and so thoughtfully written, You are such a wonderful writer, I love reading your little tales.

Brian said...

That is very sad, we're so very sorry.

Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

We are sad about your friend. And I could use a hiding spot for my son is a bottomless pit and eats everything! Have a marvellously Happy Day!

Timmy Tomcat said...

Dad just found a bag of chips he "hid" the other week. And I just reminded him again!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

I send my sincere condolences to the family of KW; cancer IS a ***&(@)* and yes, he IS in heaven, but it's still hard ~~~~ ♥♥♥

Kathe W. said...

Lovely and loving use of this weeks words. My condolences to all.

pilch92 said...

Good hiding place. How sad about your client's husband. XO

Diane Stringam Tolley said...

Excellent hidey-hole. And I will keep the secret, too.
Beautiful use of the words. My heart aches for those whose loved ones have crossed the veil. Please forward my good thoughts and prayers to Ms. RW and her family!

Catch My Words said...

Six sentence stories sound like fun. I need to write one . . . using transition words, of course.

carol l mckenna said...

So sorry for the loss of a friend ~ condolences to you and the family ~ it is hard to lose people.

Good hiding places for the goodies ~

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