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:
WiseWebWoman added, use some or all and add another J word of your own if you like.
"What's on tap for this week?"
"This week we have the JOY of unJUMBLING the JIGSAW puzzle that is our attic."
"Are you sure that's all we have left on the list?"
"Of course, I'm sure."
"That's the last thing I want to do!"
"I know, that's why it's the last thing on the list."
Glaring look, followed by, "You did this on purpose."
"Naturally, because there is no good time for it, and I knew if we left anything else undone, it would be put off again. Besides, maybe we'll find great-aunt's JEWEL box."
"Right, sure we will. I'd rather wrestle a JUMBO JELLYFISH."
"Perhaps gramps left a JERRICAN or two up there, you've been wanting more for your camping trips."
"Maybe I'll JUMP out of the attic window and break my leg and not have to help you."
"I've seen you jump, you were the best jumper on the track team. You jump like a JERBOA, you'd probably land in the JASMINE and it would break your fall."
"That would be my luck."
"Well, no time like the present to get started."
"You're really going to make us do this?"
"Yep, and remember, I'm going to suffer through it as much as you are."
"Okay, but when we are done, I want the reward of a whole JELLY roll to myself!"
PS, i keep forgetting that i'm supposed to write a reflections post on the A to Z Challenge. Having to match up my posts to a letter for the day is a fun way to add an extra dimension to the enjoyment i already get out of doing this. That about sums up my reflections.
Congratulations to everyone who did the A to Z!
Anxiety Disorders Screening Day -- if you have symptoms, get checked, there is help https://adaa.org/screening-generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad
Bird Day -- anniversary of the first Bird Day declared in 1894 by the Superintendent of Schools in Oil City, PA, Charles Babcock
Cassinga Day -- Namibia
Compliment Someone's Smile Day
Declaration of Independence Day -- Latvia
Dodenherdenking -- Netherlands (Remembrance of those in the armed forces who have died in war or peacekeeping missions.)
Fairy Ring Day (Giving) -- Fairy Calendar
Frustrating the Fairies Day -- Ireland (a day to confuse the fairies so they may not cause any mischief, although i can't find any details about how to frustrate them)
Great American Grump Out Day -- encouraging everyone to avoid grumpiness and rudeness for 24 hours; who knows, you might enjoy it so much it will stick!
May Fourth Movement
Literary Day -- Republic of China
Youth Day -- People's Republic of China
Memorial Day -- Curacao (military ceremonies to honor victims of WWII, not a government holiday)
Midori no hi -- Japan (Greenery Day/Arbor Day)
National Bike to School Day -- US (encouraging kids to have fun, get their exercise, and get to school under their own steam; this year, let them ride around the block a few times before settling in to homeschool)
National Candied Orange Peel Day
National Kids Fitness Day -- this one doesn't seem to have any particular sponsor or organization behind it, but please get those kids outdoors to do something fun, any time you can!
National Orange Juice Day
National Weather Observers Day -- another fun day that doesn't seem to be sponsored by anyone, but Family Crafts has suggestions for how to celebrate
Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day -- US (info here)
Petite and Proud Day -- i've never heard of this one until now, but it's the one for me!
Relationship Renewal Day -- because someone, somewhere, wants you to stop taking the ones you love for granted
Remembrance Day for Martyrs and the Disabled -- Afghanistan
Respect for Chickens Day -- International (United Poultry Concerns)
Sagami Giant Kite Festival -- Sagami, Japan (through tomorrow; giant kite that requires a team of 100 people is flown on the banks of the Sagami River)
St. Florian's Day (Patron of brewers, chimney sweeps, coopers, drowning victims, fire prevention, firefighters, harvests, soap-boilers; Austria; Chur, Switzerland; Linz, Austria; Poland; against battle, drowning, fire, and flood)
a recognized holiday in Austria
St. Venerius of Milan's Day (Patron of lighthouse keepers)
Star Wars Day -- greet others with "May the 4th be with you!"
Yom HaZikaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; ends at sunset)
Yom Ha'Atzmaut -- Israel (Independence Day; beings at sunset, through tomorrow sunset)
Youth Day -- China
Erin Andrews, 1978
Dawn Stanley, 1970
Randy Travis, 1959
Pia Zadora, 1956
David Guttersn, 1956
Jackie Jackson, 1951
Richard Jenkins, 1947
Nicholas Ashford, 1942
George F. Will, 1941
Roberta Peters, 1930
Audrey Hepburn, 1929
Heloise Bowles Cruse, 1919
Horace Mann, 1796
Bartolomeo Cristofori, 1655
"Beatles at Hollywood Bowl"(Album), 1977
"Another World"(TV), 1964
"New Girl in Town"(Musical), 1957
Today in History:
Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance, 1415
Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands, 1626
A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella, 1715
Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III, 1776
Mary Dixon Kies becomes the first woman in the US to obtain a patent, for a method of weaving hats with straw, silk, and thread, 1809
Napoleon arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile, 1814
The Haymarket Square Riot takes place in Chicago, 1886
The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal, 1904
The Royal Canadian Navy is created, 1910
May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, 1919
Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion, 1932
Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea, 1953
The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South, 1961
The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation", 1972
An all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak, 1974
Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1979
Latvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation, 1990
The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever, 2007
The last nuclear reactor in Japan is shut down, leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970, 2012
California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy, 2018
Halima Cisse of Mali gives birth to nonuplets (nine babies) in Morocco, in only the third known case worldwide, 2021