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 Cindi and posted on her page Of Dandelions and Sunshine.
The Challenge: They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Write at least 100 words about the image below.
The park was where we would go when the yelling got too loud. They weren't paying any attention to us, so we'd put on our shoes, and sometimes jackets if it was cold and we had them, and quietly leave.
It was peaceful there, so we'd hold hands and walk. We didn't have to say anything, and before it got too dark, we'd go back, and mostly they never even realized we left.
I remember one time in particular, on the way back I said, "Promise me we won't grow up to yell like this," and we both promised.
We kept it, too.
Aizu Byakko Matsuri -- Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, Japan (ceremonial recreation of a march to war in 1868; through the 24th)
American Business Women's Day -- US (anniversary of the founding of the American Business Women's Association)
Autumnal/Spring Equinox -- 19:21 UTC, 3:21pm EDT; related observances Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 19:21 UTC
Mabon -- Wicca/Pagan Northern Hemisphere
Ostara -- Wicca/Pagan Southern Hemisphere
Alban Elfed -- Celtic Winter Finding
Chuseok -- Korean harvest festival (high point of the festival)
Feast of Carpo -- Greek Horae, goddess of autumn
Kukulcan Snake God Celebration -- Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (the snake appears at the equinox, a time to honor this Mayan god)
Festival of the Sea Goddess -- Eskimo
Higan -- Japan
Mabon/Fallfest -- Asatru/Norse Pagan (harvest festival, time to make wine and mead for the next winter)
Oenach Carman -- Ancient Celtic Calendar
Sendai Great Tug-of-War -- Sendai, Japan (festival on the equinox that dates back over 400 years)
Svarog's Holiday -- Slavic Pagan Calendar/Asatru (day to drink mead in honor of Svarog, god of fire and the sky)
Boidromia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; honor Apollon as god of rescue during war)
Breakfast, Snack, Elevenses, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Tea, Snack, Dinner, Snack, More Snacks, Supper, Snack, and Bilgewack Celebration Day -- Fairy Calendar (Borms; they are little known relatives of Goblins, given to being overweight and sedentary and lying around feeling ill; bilgewack is their term for having eaten too much and having to lie down.)
Coya Raymi -- Inca Native Americans (festival to honor Moon Goddess Quilla, with a focus on purging sickness and evil; through tomorrow, dates approximate)
Dear Diary Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; get it down on paper!
Elephant Appreciation Day -- sponsored by "Elefunteria"
Feast of Mikeli -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (harvest celebration; through the 24th)
Hobbit Day -- Bilbo's and Frodo's Birth anniversary
Ice Cream Cone Day -- Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for an ice cream cone mold on this day in 1903
Independence Day -- Bulgaria(1908); Mali(1960)
Monkey King Festival -- China (a celebration of this popular character in East Asian stories, with the best place to see the rituals being the Monkey God Temple at Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping, Kowloon)
National Centenarians Day -- US
National Rehabilitation Day -- US (on the Wednesday of National Rehab Awareness Week)
National White Chocolate Day
Princess Martha Louise's Birthday -- Norway (an official flag day)
Ritual of the Netjers of the Two Lands (Upper and Lower Egypt) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
St. Maurice's Day (Patron of armies, cloth dyers, cloth makers, infantrymen, soldiers, swordsmiths, weavers; Austria; Manresa, Spain; Pianello Val Tidone, Italy; Piedmont, Italy; Sardinia; Stadtsulza, Germany; Pontifical Swiss Guards; against cramps and gout)
World Car Free Day -- UN (encouraging all of us to go car free for a day, and see the world from a different perspective) began as:
Car-Free Day -- this has spread to much of the world; try it for yourself!
Billie Piper, 1982
Bonnie Hunt, 1964
Catherine Oxenberg, 1961
Scott Baio, 1961
Joan Jett, 1960
Andrea Bocelli, 1958
Debby Boone, 1956
Shari Belafonte, 1954
Arthur O. Sulzberger, 1951
Paul Le Mat, 1945
Junko Tabel, 1939 (first woman to summit Everest)
Tommy Lasorda, 1927
John Houseman, 1902
Michael Faraday, 1791
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1694(O.S. Date)
"Family Ties"(TV), 1982
"Charlie's Angels"(TV), 1976
"A Delicate Balance"(Play), 1966
"Fiddler on the Roof"(Musical), 1964
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E."(TV), 1964
Today in History:
Legion I Italica is created by Emperor Nero, 66
Switzerland becomes an independent state, 1499
The General Provincial Court at Patuxent, MD, US, empanels the first all female jury in the colonies to try the case of a woman accused of murdering her child, 1656
A final 8 people are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Mass., 1692
Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during American Revolution, 1776
Russia establishes a colony at Kodiak, Alaska, 1784
City of Des Moines, Iowa, is incorporated as Fort Des Moines, 1851
Abraham Lincoln, by executive proclamation, declares that the slaves in the rebelling states shall become free on Jan. 1 of the upcoming year, 1862
Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold premieres in Munich, 1869
The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published, 1888
Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather, King George III, as the longest reigning monarch in British history, 1895
Italo Marchiony granted a patent for an ice cream cone, 1903
The Duke of York's Picture House opens in Brighton, now the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain, 1910
Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first black winner of the Nobel Peace Price, 1950
The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library, 1991
David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon, 2003
CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light, 2011
NASA's MAVEN space probe successfully arrives in orbit over Mars, 2014