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 Lissa at The Memory Tourist.
This week's prompts are:
"Here you go!"
The words were as precious to her as "Welcome HOME" would be to an ORPHAN.
In her IMAGINATION, she'd always wanted to move to a FARM and having a FRIEND like this. When grown people asked if she didn't want a BROTHER or sister, she'd always said "No!" decidedly. Then she would add, "I'd rather live alone on an ISLAND!" This made the grown people laugh, although she never understood why. She was quite serious.
While moving to the country wasn't likely, this was a dream come true. Her father placed the RED-HAIRED cat in her arms, and she knew they'd always be there for each other. He had those cute, black lip FRECKLES that orange/red cats often get, which she thought gave him a certain CHARM. He snuggled up to her, rubbing on her hands to ask to be scratched, then settled under her ministrations, purring.
Yes, having this cat was certainly a dream come true.
Aphrodisia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (bathing festival of Aphrodite and Peitho [Persuasion]; date approximate)
Bonza Bottler Day™
Chocolate Day -- no one knows why today, so why not? Enjoy chocolate cereal with chocolate milk for breakfast, some chocolate covered raisins and nuts as a midmorning snack, chocolate milk with lunch, chocolate truffles as a midafternoon snack, chocolate liquer before dinner, chocolate cake for dessert, and sip chocolate coffee any time through the day!
Global Forgiveness Day -- encouraging "citizens of this global village" to forgive and be forgiven; sponsored by the CECA
Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day -- encouraging fathers to take some special time out with their girls today
Independence Day / National Day -- Solomon Islands(1978)
Macaroni Day -- it goes with more than just cheese!
National Strawberry Sundae Day
Nones of July -- Ancient Roman Calendar; celebrations on this day included:
Festival of Feriae Ancillarum -- "Feast of the Serving Women", when female servants dressed up and "attacked" men of free birth with fig boughs; in honor of the serving women who helped free the city of Rome from the Gauls
Nonae Caprotinae -- "Nones of the Wild Fig", honoring Juno Caprotina with a sacrifice under a wild fig tree
Parilia -- festival for Pales, god of the herds
Saba Saba Day -- Tanzania (literally "Seven Seven" Day, a/k/a Peasants' Day or Workers' Day, and the biggest day of the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair)
Maonyesho ya Saba Saba -- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam Trade Fair, through July 8)
St. Willibald's Day (Patron of Eichstatt, Germany)
Tanabata -- Japan (star festival, 7th day of 7th month; some areas go by lunar calendar, but most larger cities celebrate by the Gregorian Calendar now)
Tell The Truth Day -- a yearly challenge from Kepa Freeman of Teens Express to go the whole day without telling a lie or saying or doing anything misleading or dishonest
Unity Factory Day -- Yemen (all workers are encouraged to play at work today, to build team and national unity)
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith, 1946
Michelle Kwan, 1980
Cree Summer, 1969
Jorga Fox, 1968
Billy Campbell, 1959
Shelley Duvall, 1949
Ringo Starr, 1940
Doc Severinsen, 1927
Pierre Cardin, 1922
Gian Carlo Menotti, 1911
Robert Heinlein, 1907
Satchel Paige, 1906
Marc Chagall, 1887
"Ryan's Hope"(TV), 1975
"All You Need is Love"(Single release), 1967
Waverly(Novel, publication date), 1814
"Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate"(Canticles, HWV 278 & 279), 1713
Today in History
A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death, 1456
Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland, 1575
United States begins first military draft; exemptions cost $300, 1863
An International Railway trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15, 1915
Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri; it is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped", 1928
Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident, 1947
Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere, 1959
In Canada, the Official Languages Act is adopted making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government, 1969
Sharia is instituted in Iran, 1980
Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov, 1983
The Western Black Rhinoceros is declared extinct due to poaching, 2006
In efforts to avoid food shortages and political oppression, South Korea begins work on a new facility to house North Korean refugees, 2011
Tesla Motors produces its first mass-market car, the Model 3, 2017
Nigeria, Africa' biggest economy, joins the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), in attempt to create world's largest free trade area, 2019