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 Hilary Melton-Butcher and are posted by Elephant's Child.
This week's words are:
He was always certain he'd find a TREASURE by the STREAM, so he spent as much time there as he could. During the school year, it was only weekends or maybe an hour after classes, if the daylight held long enough.
Summer was when the PROCESSION of days saw him in and around the WATER so much he seemed to be a part of it. He learned what plants were edible, and what was not, researching every WEED. He would dig under the JUNIPER bushes and other foliage, make his own lean-to shelters, and bring clay from the banks for his mom to use for making pottery.
It was the perfect place, also, for him to make his own bow and arrows and practice with them. He got pretty good at hitting a CHALK mark bull's eye on the big rock he'd decided was the best target.
Catching snakes was his favorite thing, and he'd sometimes bring one home and keep it in his tank, feeding it with the small fish he'd catch for it. He was quite DISDAINFUL of those who were afraid of the creatures, he found them amazing.
Once in so often, a homeless person would make camp in one of the culverts. He always befriended these HAGGARD looking men, sneaking them canned goods out of the pantry. They knew not to stay long, the neighbors always found out and called the sheriff if they stayed more than a day or two, but he liked hearing their stories and couldn't understand why it upset people that they were there.
He asked one of the men once, and he said, "They're DRIPS, that's why!" and they both laughed, although he really didn't know what that meant.
Eventually, of course, he outgrew treasure hunting, but he never outgrew fishing, and hunting, and camping. He never outgrew his enjoyment of snakes, either. Some things never change, the tank in his apartment is still occupied.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now and bless you evermore.
Dieticians Day -- Canada
Ennensai -- Kyoto, Japan (festival and traditional performances)
Evacuation Day -- Suffolk County, Massachusetts, US (day the British troops left the city in 1776)
Festival of King Amenhotep I -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (rituals dramatizing his death and burial, held in the Valley; date approximate)
Kustonu Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (no planting today, to ward off insects)
Liberalia -- Ancient Roman Empire (fertility festival in rural areas)
National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
Rubber Band Day -- patented in England this date in 1845 by Stephen Perry
Saint Patrick's Day (Patron of engineers, excluded people, ophidiophobics; Ireland; Nigeria; over 20 other towns/dioceses around the world; against fear of snakes, snakes and snake bite)
a public holiday in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Montserrat, and Ireland, and widely celebrated throughout the world, especially with parades
Trefuilnid Treochair (Feast of Triple Bearer of the Triple Key) -- Ireland (Ireland's National Day)
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birth Anniversary -- Bangladesh
St. Gertrude's Day (Patron of cats, for accomodations and lodging while traveling, gardeners, mentally ill people, pilgrims, poor people, sick people, suriphobics, travellers, widows; Nivelles, Belgium; against fear of mice and rats, fever, insanity and mental disorders, mice and rats)
St. Joseph of Arimathea's Day (Patron of funeral directors, morticians/undertakers, pallbearers, tin miners, tin smiths; Glastonbury Cathedral)
Submarine Day -- the sandwich or the submersible, your choice
Wellesley Female Seminary is established, 1870
Franklin D. Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt, 1905
Caroline Corr, 1973
Mia Hamm, 1972
Rob Lowe, 1964
Arye Gross, 1960
Vicky Lewis, 1960
Gary Sinise, 1955
Lesley-Anne Down, 1954
Kurt Russell, 1951
Patrick Duffy, 1949
John Sebastian, 1944
Paul Kantner, 1941
Rudolf Nureyev, 1938
Paul Horn, 1930
Nat "King" Cole, 1919
Bayard Rustin, 1910
Bobby Jones, 1902
Shemp Howard, 1895
Jim Bridger, 1804
Roger B. Taney, 1777
"Camino Real"(Play), 1953
"Kiss and Tell"(Play), 1943
"The Girl Friend"(Musical), 1926
"Wilhelm Tell"(Play), 1804
Today in History:
In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda, BC45
Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire, 180
Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr, 624
Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy made in England, 1337
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern), 1756
George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence," 1780
The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King, 1805
Henry Jones of Bristol patents "self-raising" flour, 1845
Stephen Perry of London patents the rubber band, 1845
John Joseph Montgomery makes the first glider flight, in Otay, California, 1884
The first practical submarine leaves the dock at NYC and submerges for one hour forty minutes, 1898
A showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation, 1901
Luther Gulick and his wife Charlotte found Camp Fire Girls (now Camp Fire USA), 1910
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name "Californium", 1950
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India, 1959
Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel, 1969
A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%, 1992
President Bush delivers an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack, 2003
Scientists discover that a large number of bacterial life forms live in the deepest part of the world's oceans, the Mariana Trench, which is about 6.831 miles, 2013
Archaeologists announce the discovery of an iron age warrior king burial ground that is about 2,500 years old and has 75 graves in Pocklington, Northern England, 2017
Africa's only female head of state, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, confirms she is resigning amid an expenses scandal, 2018
This is lovely - I bet he is still kind to homeless men too.ReplyDelete
This was a good story ... it made me think it was a childhood legend of Saint Patrick. Could have been :)ReplyDelete
Happy St Patrick's Day.ReplyDelete
Happy St. Patrick's Day. That was a nice story of a kind-hearted boy.ReplyDelete
Happy St Patrick's Day! We will not turn our fur green, but Mom may wear some green today.ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday to my teen idol, Rudolf Nureyev!ReplyDelete
I don't know who I would have drooled over if he hadn't come along...
I'll be wearing green after my shower this morning. I'm all ready to celebrate the day.ReplyDelete
Love your story. Yes some things never change. Well done as always.
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Corned beef and cabbage is a great comfort food. Have a blessed St. Patty's Day.ReplyDelete
That's a terrific story! Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us!ReplyDelete
Happy St. Patrick's Day. Unfortunately, I don't have anything green on. See ya Mimi.ReplyDelete
Aww! what a nice story :-)ReplyDelete
Have a Happy greentastic St Patrick's Day from me too 👍😷😷😷
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for the lovely Irish blessing.ReplyDelete
Life is definitely what happens to you while you're in search of something else! Perfect story!ReplyDelete
Great story- is it about your son? Happy St. Patrick's Day! XOReplyDelete
I had my green on all day plus shamrock earrings! Have a lovely day- love your snaky story!ReplyDelete
Great story. I like best the part where he would bring food to the haggard homeless men. That's a kind hearted person.ReplyDelete
Hi MessyMimi - loved this - well done and reminding us about the stories we all hold and can tell if people are willing to listen. Also a great reminder about learning and appreciating the use of nature. Thanks for joining us - all the best - HilaryReplyDelete
I was going to do an Irish jig for St. Paddy, but decided against doing so because I'd probably have ended up on the floor...so I watched 'Riverdance" instead! :)ReplyDelete
Hope you had a good St Paddy's Day ~ and great story ~ XoReplyDelete
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