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 week's prompts are:
When he came home and went straight to the basement, she knew something had happened and he was RETICENT to discuss it.
She'd had her own problems at work that day, and she thought about how to use discussing what went on there as a way to draw him out. By the time he came upstairs to help with supper (it was his night to make the salad), she'd decided what to do.
"We have a new NATURALIST on staff," she said while he was tearing up the leaf lettuce with more vigor than was absolutely essential.
"Um-hum," he said, as if he'd hardly heard.
"She's got great qualifications, but she had the TEMERITY to disagree with Angelique on the first day. You know that never starts anyone off on the right foot at this place."
"True," he answers. "Sounds like she's an EGO."
"No, not really, she just hasn't learned the ropes yet."
"Some people are too HOITY-TOITY to learn anything," he said with vehemence, while he began to savagely slice into the tomatoes.
She thought about taking the knife from him before he sliced the tomatoes into mush, then thought better of it. Mushy tomatoes weren't the end of the world, after all.
They worked on in silence, he sliced and chopped a COPIOUS amount of zucchini and broccoli, and again, she just let him. When he started to make the salad dressing, she had to speak up.
"That's a FORMIDABLE amount of garlic you're using, honey. I'm going to EXUDE the stuff for days," she laughed softly.
"What? Oh, sorry, you're right," he said, and scooped about half of the garlic back out of the bowl.
"How was work for you today?" she finally ventured, as he tasted the COMBINATION of ingredients in the bowl and actually almost smiled in appreciation.
"Shall I use the EUPHEMISM or do you want me to tell you what I really think?" he asked, giving her a wink, and she knew he would talk about it now and get it out.
"Please, I want to be able to eat," she said, laughing.
"That...whatever he is that you want to call him, and I want to call him several things but won't...Dixon is at it again. He's always yelling in that STRIDENT voice of his, he has no clue about the SALIENT points of what we're doing, and he is constantly wanting to take credit for others' work. I've about had it, I'm seriously considering looking for another job then telling the bosses he goes or I do."
"Do it," she said.
"Go ahead. Look around, it won't hurt. If you find something, you have a choice. Even if you never tell the bosses 'it's him or me,' you look. If you find an equally good job, or an even better one, give notice and go. On your way out, tell them why you left. Or stay and deal with Dixon because you've decided this is the best place to use your talents. Just don't sit and stew on it all of the time."
He looked at her and slowly nodded.
"Remember," she added, "there are Dixons at every workplace. There's always that one person. After all, somebody has to be the irritant so the rest of you can produce pearls!"
Be Kind to Humankind Week: Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday
Birthday of Horus -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Day of Songun -- North Korea
Discovery of the Runes/Odin's Ordeal ends -- Ancient Norse Calendar (date approximate)
Independence Day -- Uruguay(1825)
Kiss and Make Up Day -- a day begun by Jacqueline V. Milgate to encourage people to make amends and repair relationships if they need to
La Tomatina -- Buñol, Valencia, Spain (annual citywide food fight festival in which around 30,000 people take to the streets to pelt each other with tomatoes)
National Banana Split Day -- some sites have it as Aug. 10
National Park Service Day -- US (legislation creating the National Park Service was signed this day in 1916 by President Wilson)
National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day -- pull out the hand-me-downs or thrift store purchases and wear them with pride!
Opiconsivia -- Ancient Roman Calendar, Vestal Virgin Festival in honor of Ops
Rumpleskunkskin's Bride Escapes to Heewigoland Anniversary -- Fairy Calendar (Fairy celebration, Goblins get grumpy)
Soldier's Day -- Brazil
St. Genesius of Arles' Day (Patron of notaries, secretaries; against chilblains, scurf)
St. Genesius of Rome's Day (Patron of actors, attorneys, barristers, clowns, comedians, comediennes, comics, converts, dancers, epileptics, lawyers, musicians, printers, stenographers and torture victims)
St. Louis, King of France's Day (King Louis IX; Patron of barbers, bridegrooms, builders, button makers, construction workers, Crusaders, difficult marriages, distillers, embroiderers, French monarchs, grooms, haberdashers, hairdressers, hair stylists, kings, masons, needle workers, parenthood, parents of large families, passementiers, prisoners, sculptors, sick people, soldiers, stone masons, stonecutters, tertiaries, trimming makers; Québec, Québec; Saint Louis, Missouri; Blois, France; Carthage, Tunisia; La Rochelle, France; New Orleans, Louisiana; Oran, Algeria; Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, France; Saint Louis, Missouri;`Versailles, France; Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Louis; against the death of children)
Whiskey Sour Day
Blake Lively, 1987
Rachel Bilson, 1981
Alexander Skarsgard, 1976
Claudia Schiffer, 1970
Rachael Ray, 1968
Albert Belle, 1966
Cornelius O’Landa Bennett, 1966
Blair Underwood, 1964
Joanne Whalley, 1964
Ally Walker, 1961
Billy Ray Cyrus, 1961
Tim Burton, 1958
Elvis Costello, 1954
Gene Simmons, 1949
John Savage, 1949
Martin Amis, 1949
Anne Archer, 1947
Anthony Heald, 1944
Frederick Forsyth, 1938
Regis Philbin, 1933
Tom Skerritt, 1933
Wayne Shorter, 1933
Sean Connery, 1930
Althea Gibson, 1927
Monty Hall, 1923
Leonard Bernstein, 1918
Walt Kelly, 1913
Ruby Keeler, 1909
Clara Bow, 1905
Hans Adolf Krebs, 1900
Ludwig II, "Mad King" of Bavaria, 1845
Francis Bret Harte, 1836
Allan Pinkerton, 1819
Ivan the Terrible, 1530
"42nd Street"(Musical), 1980
The Wizard of Oz(Film), 1939
Today in History
The Council of Nicaea ends with the adoption of the Nicene Creed, 325
The Children's Crusaders under Nicholas reach Genoa, 1212
The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed, 1537
Galileo demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers, 1609
Hundreds of French settlers arrive in New Orleans, which had been founded only a few months before, marking its true beginnings as a city, not just an outpost, 1718
James Cook begins his first voyage, 1768
Alice Meynell becomes the first female jockey, in England, 1804
British forces destroy the Library of Congress, which then contained about 3,000 books, 1814
The New York Times perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax, 1835
Captain Matthew Webb becomes the first person to swim the English Channel unassisted, 1875
Kitasato Shibasaburo discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet, 1894
The United States National Park Service is created, 1916
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly nonstop across the US, 1932
US Army officer and missionary John Birch is killed by the armed supporters of the Communist Party of China, considered by some as the first victim of the Cold War, 1945
Zimbabwe joins the United Nations, 1980
Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn, 1981
Tadeusz Mazowiecki is chosen as the first non-communist Prime Minister in Central and Eastern Europe, 1989
Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary, 1989
The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko), 2003
Acting as a private citizen, former President Jimmy Carter travels to North Korea to negotiate the release of Aijalon Gomes, a U.S. citizen, 2010
Voyager 1, launched in 1977, is assumed to have reached interstellar space, 2012
Double Dave, a rare two-headed timber rattlesnake, is found in Pine Barrens, New Jersey, 2019
Astronaut Anne McClain is investigated for what is possibly the first crime committed in space; she is accused of illegally using the ISS computer to access her soon-to-be-ex spouse's bank account, 2019