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 yours truly.
The whole point is to write and have fun, so please join in, you don't even have to use the prompts if you don't want. Let them be a springboard, not a straight jacket.
This week the prompts are:
As i finished my work that Monday, May 17, i went home with no clue about what was to come. Ms. PA had given me a strict CHARGE to get home before the rain came, but i still needed to go see Ms. S, so i did.
We're used to some stormy weather, after all, and i figured this would be like 'most every other weather SYSTEM we get coming through here: a CRASH of lightening and a wall of rain to start, tapering off to a steady rainfall for a while, and tapering further until it stopped.
This wasn't going to be one of those, it was going to be a storm that came to town like the bad guys used to ride in thinking to LICK Matt Dillon. Yes, Ms. S watches old Westerns on TV while i am there some days, can you tell?
For a while even after i got home, there was no rain yet, so i fixed supper and sat down to SAVOR it. At LAST the rains came, and they were light, then heavy, then light, but not SHOCKINGLY heavy.
Then radio began to BROADCAST the severe storm alerts that we hear so often we are in danger of becoming jaded and ignoring them. They are almost always word for word the same, DETAIL after DETAIL. There will be heavy rain, quarter size hail, damaging winds of up to 60mph, etc. Watch out for flash flooding, do not drive in deep water, move to an interior room of your home, ad naseum.
As the light faded, i watched as the sky sent down buckets of rain, so much that it was pouring out of the house gutters in sheets. Every time we thought it was slowing, it would start up again.
This went on for hours. Every time i got up in the night, it was still coming down, an OCEAN of water that showed no signs of letting up.
At first light i took Coda out, and there was still standing water in the low-lying areas, which i knew was unusual. Most of the time, it drains off within a couple of hours, and the rain had slacked up about 4 hours prior.
The news was grim, we'd gotten up to 13.75 inches of rain at some of the rain gauges in the area, all in about 5 hours time.
No drainage system can handle that, and ours didn't.
The skies stayed gray Tuesday, but we only got a few drizzles more. Then it rained more on Wednesday, and even more on Thursday, and Friday saw a bit more. No huge storms on those other days, just day after day of gray and rain, drizzle, stop, start again, rain, drizzle.
Depending on where you were, you got upward of 18 inches for the week, and this after an April that was twice as wet as usual, and an early May that was no drier.
The Wordless Wednesday photo above shows the results of such rain at only one house. There are hundreds more like that.
When i went to work on the Monday after, Carl, his CHILDLIKE concern showing through, was talking about all the people whose homes were damaged. "What do they do?" he asked. We talked about how churches and charities go in and help them gut their houses and rebuild.
He has so much LOVE for people, that special needs man/child. He is grieving with those who grieve.
We all are.
May the Lord be close to the broken-hearted. Our church has already started sending out work crews. It's all we can do.
Bob Day -- an internet holiday i couldn't confirm, but if your name is Bob, you deserve a special day just for having that name!
Crown Prince's Birthday -- Denmark
Dracula Day -- Bram Stoker's Dracula went on sale this day in 1897
Dzien Matki -- Poland (Mother's Day)
Festival of the Valley -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the movement of Amun from the East Bank of Thebes to the West Bank; it involved giving flowers and sharing food with the dead)
Full Flower Moon / Corn Planting Moon / Milk Moon
Buddha Day/Vesak/Waisak -- Bhuddist's Buddha Day; date varies with many celebrating tomorrow, and some areas already started the celebrations yesterday; sometimes called "Buddha's Birthday"
Heavenly Sage Bao Sheng’s Birthday -- Taoism
Kasone Full Moon -- Myanmar
Vesak Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
Waisak/Vesak Festival -- Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia (on the day of the full moon, a stunning and spiritual celebration of Buddha's birthday)
Goblin Races -- Fairy Calendar
Holiday of the Receiving of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Independence Day -- Georgia(1918); Guyana(1966)
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Cherry Dessert Day
National Day of Healing -- Australia (formerly called National Sorry Day; to express regret for the ill treatment of Aboriginal Peoples of Australia)
National Paper Airplane Day -- not an official holiday, but go make one, and have a blast; some people even organize contests
National Senior Health and Fitness Day -- US (don't let age get in the way of staying healthy! this year the theme is "Life is Better in Motion")
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day -- Hawai'i
Sally Ride Day -- US (birth anniversary of America's first woman in space)
St. Augustine of Canterbury's Day (First Archbishop of Canterbury and Patron of England; feast day in the Anglican Communion and most Eastern Churches)
St. Philip Neri's Day (Patron of Gravina, Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, and Rome, Italy; the United States Army Special Forces)
Thargelia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (birthday festival of Apollo and Artemis; through tomorrow, date approximate)
World Lindy Hop Day -- Frankie Manning's birth anniversary
Boston University is founded by the Massachusetts legislature, 1869
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 1968
Helena Bonham Carter, 1966
Lenny Kravitz, 1964
Genie Francis, 1962
Sally Ride, 1951
Pam Grier, 1949
Philip Michael Thomas, 1949
Hank Williams, Jr., 1949
Stevie Nicks, 1948
Brent Musburger, 1939
Miles Davis, 1926
James Arness, 1923
Peggy Lee, 1920
Jay Silverheels, 1919
Frankie Manning, 1914
Peter Cushing, 1913
Robert Morley, 1908
John Wayne, 1907
Dorothea Lange, 1895
Al Jolson, 1886
Today in History:
Armenian rebels battle the Sassanid empire and win the right to openly practice Christianity, 451
An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Japan, killing about 30,000, 1293
Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city, 1538
Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, 1647
Lewis and Clark first see the Rocky Mountains, 1805
The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress, 1830
Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners, 1857
The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote, 1868
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia, 1894
Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 1896
The first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, 1908
The world's longest-lasting tornado, lasting for over 7 hours and traveling 293 miles, strikes Mattoon, Illinois, 1917
British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana, 1966
Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing, 1969
The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2, 1970
Willandra National Park is established in Australia, 1972
George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center, 1977
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people, injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed, 1983
The European Community adopts the European flag, 1986
Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era, 1991
The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York, 1998
Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes, 2003
The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the build-up to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, 2004
The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 6,600 people, leaves 200,000 homeless, 2006*
The World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone, 2014
Hackers steal personal data for about 100,000 taxpayers after breaking into a U.S. Internal Revenue Service system that allows taxpayers to retrieve previous tax returns; the data can be used to file tax refund claims and commit identity theft, 2015
Ken Wyatt becomes Australia's first Aboriginal minister in government as the minister for indigenous Australians, 2019
*Occurred 22:54 GMT May 26, 05:54 Local Time May 27, so some sources date it today, some tomorrow