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.
The words this week are:
The children had run down ahead of the grown-ups, through the GATE and into the pasture. They were shrieking with delight chasing the lightning bugs, and one child had already captured a lone FIREFLY in her jar.
This was a strict catch-and-release program, all of the children had been told from the START. None of the creatures were to be hurt, just studied.
"EUREKA!" one of the twins yelled. "I got one!"
"Me, two!" the cousin called out, holding up her jar.
She ran to where the grown-ups were standing and watching. She and her family were visiting the cousins, and she'd never been out on a country summer evening to see the glow bugs glow. Eyes wide with curiosity, she asked, "How do they light up?"
Her father was quick to answer, "It's gas. When they don't pass gas for a while, it sets their bottoms on fire!"
One of the twin boy cousins was near to hear that, and laughed so hard he almost dropped his jar. She looked from her father to her cousin, and then her father started laughing, too.
"Dad's are such JOKERS!" her cousin hooted. "Always trying to PSYCH you by answering, even if they don't know the answer."
Her aunt told her to go have fun catching, and they'd talk about it later.
Once the children had caught their fill and run themselves a bit tired, they all brought their jars to the upper yard where the fire had been started in the fire pit. Sitting around the fire pit where their aunt told stories was as good as THEATER to them.
"The MYSTERY of how animals glow is actually a SCIENCE puzzle that's fun to learn about," she started. She talked about bioluminescence, and the chemical luciferase, and they counted their fireflies' flashes to see which species each had caught.
Then they let the little bugs fly free, another country evening in the summer over and done.
Ash Wednesday -- Christian (beginning of the Lenten Fast)
Oskudagur -- Iceland (with the special tradition of hanging oskupokar [ash bags] on people, as girls try to hang bags of ash on men's clothing, and boys try to hang bags of stones on women's clothing; begins Langafasta, and during the fast, you may not even mention meat at all)
Day of Cancelled Expectations -- according to William Least Heat-Moon in his autobiography, Blue Highways
Dita e Pavaresise -- Kosovo (Independence Day)(2008)
Feast of Shezmu -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (god of the winepress; date approximate)
February 17 Revolution Day -- Libya
Hachinohe Enburi Matsuri -- Hachinohe, Japan (festival with prayers for a good harvest; through Wednesday)
Last day of Celtic Tree Month Luis (Rowan)
My Way Day -- today, determine your identity all by yourself, apart from what other people say you should be; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
National Cafe Au Lait Day
National Indian Pudding Day
National PTA Founders Day -- US
Practice Your Free Throws Day -- spread around the internet by someone who really loves basketball
Quirinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a/k/a Feast of Fools)
Random Acts of Kindness Day -- US (unofficial, but a great idea)
Snow Ice Cream Day -- internet generated; if you want to try it, and are sure your snow is reasonably clean, add sugar, milk, a touch of vanilla, and enjoy
St. Fortchern of Trim's Day (Patron of bell-founders)
Tanis Diena -- Ancient Latvain Calendar (To honor pigs)
League of United Latin American Citizens (Lulac) Founded, 1929
Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio, 1809
Vanessa Atler, 1982
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 1981
Paris Hilton, 1981
Jerry O'Connell, 1974
Bryan White, 1974
Billie Joe Armstrong, 1972
Denise Richards, 1972
Michael Forbes, 1967
Ronald "Bell Biv" DeVoe, 1967
Michael Jordan, 1963
Lou Diamond Phillips, 1962
Richard Karn, 1959
Rene Russo, 1954
Brenda Fricker, 1945
Jim Brown, 1936
Alan Bates, 1934
Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), 1934
Lee Holby, 1926
Hal Holbrook, 1925
Arthur Kennedy, 1914
Clarence Lindon “Buster” Crabbe, 1908
Red Barber, 1908
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879
William Cadbury, 1867
Samuel Sidney Mcclure, 1857
Friedrich A Krupp, 1854
A. Montgomery Ward, 1844
Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, 1781
Thomas Malthus, 1766
Arcangelo Corelli, 1653
"A Prairie Home Companion"(Radio), 1979
"BC"(Comic Strip), 1958
"Madame Butterfly"(Puccini Opera), 1904
"Un Ballo in maschera"(Verdi Opera), 1859
"Siroe, re di Persia"(Handel HWV 24), 1728
Today in History:
Miles Standish is appointed the first commander of the Plymouth colony, 1621
The first volume of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is
The first ship passes through the Suez Canal, 1867
Women's suffragist Esther Morris is appointed the first female justice of the peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
Sardines are first canned, by Julius Wolff of Eastport, Maine, 1876
Madame Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan, 1904
The first minimum wage law in the US takes effect, in Oregon, 1913
Johnny Weissmuller sets the 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds), 1924
The first telecast of a sporting event in Japan, a baseball game, 1931
The first issue of "Newsweek" magazine is published, 1933
Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution, 1959
Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T, 1972
Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match, 1996
Kosovo declares independence, 2008
In racing, Danica Patrick becomes the first woman at the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to win pole position, 2013
The research journal GSA Today publishes an article in favor of reclassifying mostly underwater microcontinent Zealandia in the South Pacific as the 8th continent, 2017
India's Supreme Court grants equal rights to women in military service, 2020