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 River at Drifting Through Life.
This week's words/prompts are:
use either list or both, or mix and match, just have fun.
How could anyone, he thought to himself, let a beauty like this just go to rot?
Parts were CORRODED, and a JAGGED piece of metal caught on his jacket sleeve, pulling him up short as he tried to walk around it in the tall grass. He SWORE and worked to get the sleeve unTANGLED.
This kind of DESTRUCTION made him so angry that words were INADEQUATE.
"It was my stepfather's," the man who'd placed the ad told him. "After mom died, he seemed to WITHDRAW into himself, didn't want us around the place. Mom owned the ACRES and he owned the trailer they'd lived in, and she left in her will that he was to be allowed use of the land as long as he was able to live on it. A few months ago, he fell off a LADDER trying to make repairs to the roof of the barn, and he's not going to be recovering enough to move back."
"I get people being upset with loss, and being loners, but did he have to leave this beautiful antique car out here in the field to just die?" He couldn't help himself, he had to say it.
The other man looked at him in silence for a few moments, then said, "You never know another person's heartache. That's why we kids have stepped back into his life. We're tidying, repairing, and selling what we can to help keep him in a good place. I wasn't even sure if this old beauty, or what's left of it, was worth anything when I placed the ad. We were INTRIGUED to see if anyone would answer it."
"It's worth it, although it's going to take a heap of work," he said, then sighed. "You're right, we never know what another person has been through. I'm assuming you have the title and an EFFECTIVE Power of Attorney so you can sell it?"
"Yes, once he came to understand he was not coming back home, he welcomed the help and INKED the papers. He told me to make sure this went to a good home, and I told him I'd try."
"Tell him you succeeded. We can go back to town to the notary office and get it done, I've got the funds now. When can I come back with a tow truck?"
It's time to cut loose,
Celebrate Dr. Seuss!
It has again happened that my work has kept me from being able to get to everything, and instead of writing a Dr. Seuss tribute, i am simply saying i hope you have a wonderful Dr. Seuss day. Go read and have fun!
Adwa Victory Day -- Ethiopia
Ash Wednesday -- Christian (beginning of the Lenten Fast)
Oskudagur -- Iceland (with the special tradition of hanging oskupokar [ash bags] on people, as girls try to hang bags of ash on men's clothing, and boys try to hang bags of stones on women's clothing; begins Langafasta, and during the fast, you may not even mention meat at all)
Feast of 'Ala (Loftiness) -- Baha'i (first full day of the 19 day fast)
Going Forth of Set, Son of Nut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Highway Numbers Day -- US (a joint board of state and federal highway officials created the first uniform system for numbering interstate highways, as well as standardizing design of road signs, in 1925)
James Ronald Webster's Birthday -- Anguilla
March Nymph's Parade -- Fairy Calendar
National Banana Cream Pie Day
NEA's Read Across America Day -- on or near Dr. Seuss' birth anniversary; "Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat"
Old Stuff Day -- if you are doing the same old stuff, think about how you can change that
Peasants' Day -- Myanmar
St. Chad of Mead's Day (Patron of St. Chad's College of the University of Durham in England; Birmingham, England; Lichfield, England)
Texas Independence Day -- Texas, US (anniversary of declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836)
World Maths Day -- International
Mt. Rainier National Park is established, 1899
Henrik Lundquist, 1982
Bryce Dallas Howard, 1981
Chris Martin, 1977
Daniel Craig, 1968
Jon Bon Jovi, 1962
Ken Salazar, 1955
Laraine Newman, 1952
Karen Carpenter, 1950
Eddie Money, 1949
Lou Reed, 1944
John Irving, 1942
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931
Tom Wolfe, 1931
John Cullum, 1930
Doc Watson, 1923
Jennifer Jones, 1919
Desi Arnaz, 1917
Martin Ritt, 1914
Mel Ott, 1909
Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), 1904
Bedrich Smetana, 1864
Carl Schurz, 1829
Melissa Burton Coray, 1828
Sam Houston, 1793
"Bubbling Brown Sugar"(Musical), 1976
"The Sound of Music"(Film), 1965
"Bus Stop"(Play), 1955
"King Kong"(Film), 1933
"Morning Chronicle"(London daily newspaper), 1769
Today in History:
The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England, 1717
A semaphore machine that will speed communication is introduced in Paris, 1791
The US Congress outlaws the import of slaves, 1897
The Republic of Texas declares its independence from Mexico, 1836
Aleksandr Romanov becomes the tsar of Russia, 1855
Tsar Aleksandr outlaws serfdom in Russia, 1861
The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace, 1888
In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women, 1903
The original film version of King Kong premiers, 1933
Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute, 1949
The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Connecticut, 1949
In Toulouse, France the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted, 1969
Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown, 1970
The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets, 1972
Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28, 1978
CD players and discs are released for sale for the first time outside of Japan, 1983
Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century, 1989
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations, 1992
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice, 1998
In his book 'Jesus of Nazareth Part II', Pope Benedict XVI exonerates the Jewish people for the responsibility of the death of Jesus, 2011
New findings from the University of Leicester indicate decreasing sitting time by 90 minutes each day can result in major heath advantages, including reducing the risk of Type II Diabetes, 2013
The longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland, remains in the air for 17 hours, 15 minutes, 2016
The oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, is revealed by British scientists, 2016
Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record, 2016
Australian wonder horse Winx sets the world record for Group 1 wins in the Chipping Norton Stakes in Sydney, stretching her unbeaten run to 31 races, with this being her 23rd in the highest class of thoroughbred racing, 2019
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announces that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they are now considered racially insensitive, 2021
Dolly Parton receives her first Moderna Covid-19 vaccine that she donated $1million to help develop, 2021