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. The prompts are just to spark your creativity, don't feel constrained to use all of them, or even even any of them.
This month, the prompts are being provided by yours truly, right here.
This week's prompts are:
Many of you know that years ago, #2 Son got married.
I haven't mentioned it directly, but they have since divorced. She is still friends with Little Girl, and there was no real animosity in their parting. It's my BELIEF Nineteen and Twenty just isn't really ready for marriage, at least not most of the time.
He has dated a bit since and just about a year ago took a shine to a very nice young lady. She and his ex DIFFER in her level of ambition, she is in college as well as working. Into the BARGAIN, she brings a sense of humor his first didn't have.
An example would be this year was the second Thanksgiving they've been with us at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Last year, Grandpa made the mistake of calling her by the ex's name. She laughed it off. The ex wouldn't have done so and would have refused to go back.
Their OUTLOOK is apparently bright, they'd discussed rings. Looking online, he'd asked what styles she liked, and she picked several with a bit of MARGIN for him to personalize it as he chose.
He's decided Christmas is the right time. He ordered from an online OUTLET, and as he's a district manager for his company and makes a nice income, this ring isn't like the very MODEST one with his first where you almost needed GLASSES to see the diamond.
Delivery was supposed to be this week, and was narrowed down to Tuesday. When i asked him, he reassured me it wasn't through the Post Office. (Thank heaven. They delivered an Internal Revenue Service LETTER to our house that belonged to someone in a different zip code, for crying out loud, and just this past Saturday left a letter in the box that was supposed to have signature delivery with the signature card they're supposed to deliver back to the sender still on it. I certainly wouldn't trust them with a ring.)
Sweetie had been hanging around the house in case it showed up and when he got a LIFT from Brother-in-Law to go get something he needed while i was out, i drove our currently working WAGON, Lunceford the Land Yacht, pretty hard to get home so as not to miss anything.
It arrived after dark (heaven bless delivery drivers at this time of year, they work long hours) and he plans to surprise her with it on Christmas Day at her parents' house (the parents who live in Louisiana, the rest of the family is in Alaska, and he wants to move there!).
There will be a family SOCIAL occasion in the future, it seems.
Bonifacio Day -- Philippines
Cities for Life Day -- commemorates the abolition of the death penalty in many countries
Clear Up The Clutter Day -- internet generated, and what!?! in one day!
Computer Security Day -- International (sponsored by The Association for Computer Security Day; often held by some organizations/companies on another day of the week if it falls on a weekend)
Feast of Hecate, Goddess of the Crossroads -- Ancient Roman Calendar (also revered by the Greeks, Egyptians, and came from the Carians of the Bronze Age)
Ham and Roast Beef Night -- internet generated, but a good idea for a make your own sandwich dinner
Independence Day -- Barbados(1966); Yemen(1967)
National Day -- Benin
National Meth Awareness Day
National Mousse Day
Perpetual Youth Day -- Dick Clark's birth anniversary
Regina Mundi Day -- South Africa
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting -- NY, NY, US
Saint Andrew the Apostle's Day (Patron of anglers/fishermen, fish dealers/fish mongers, maidens, old maids/spinsters, single lay women, singers, women who wish to become mothers; Spanish armed forces; Achaia; Greece; Russia; Scotland; Amalfi, Italy; Antey-Saint-Andre, Italy; Berchtesgaden, Germany; Burgundy, France; Cartosio, Italy; Confienti, Italy; Constantinople, Turkey; Encinasola, Huelva, Spain; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Grongnardo, Italy; Lampertheim, Germany; Luqa, Malta; Patras, Greece; Plymouth, England; Samolaco, Italy; San Andreas, California; Victoria, British Columbia; against gout, sore throats) related observances:
National Day -- Scotland
Sfantul Andrei -- Romania
Stay Home Because You're Well Day -- sponsored by the Wellness Permission League -- if you get in trouble with the boss, make sure they will take the fall!
Thanksgiving Day -- Norfolk Island
Whisp and Thread Fair -- Fairy Calendar
Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz, 1940
Elisha Cuthbert, 1982
Clay Aiken, 1978
Jessalyn Gilsig, 1971
Sandra Oh, 1970
Amy Ryan, 1969
Ben Stiller, 1965
Bo Jackson, 1962
Colin Mochrie, 1957
Billy Idol, 1955
Shuggie Otis, 1953
Mandy Patinkin, 1952
David Mamet, 1947
Noel Paul Stookey, 1937
Ridley Scott, 1937
Abbie Hoffman, 1936
G. Gordon Liddy, 1930
Dick Clark, 1929
Joan Ganz Cooney, 1929
Robert Guillaume, 1927
Richard Crenna, 1926
Shirley Chisholm, 1924
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., 1923
Gordon Parks, 1912
Winston Churchill, 1874
L(ucy) M(aude) Montgomery, 1874 (Anne of Green Gables)
Mark Twain, 1835
Oliver Winchester, 1810
Jonathan Swift, 1667
Philip Sydney, 1554
"Thriller"(Michael Jackson Album), 1982
"The Wall"(Pink Floyd album), 1979
Brian's Song(TV movie), 1971
"Bwana Devil"(Film, first 3-D movie), 1952
The Joy of Cooking(Publication date), 1931
"Le Cid"(Opera), 1885
Today in History:
Amsterdam bans assembly of heretics, 1523
Death count by plague in Venice is officially set at 16,000, 1630
Beijing earthquake causes 100,000+ deaths, 1731
Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence, 1782
Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 is therefore commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day, 1786
Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France, 1803
First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal, 1824
First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the ground-breaking, 1829
Work begins on the first US underwater highway tunnel, in Chicago, 1866
The first international soccer football game is held, in Glasgow; Scotland-England 0-0, 1872
The first commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo, NY, 1886
A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles, 1900
American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor, 1902
Pike Place Market is dedicated in Seattle, Washington, 1907
The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park London destroyed by fire, 1936
Baseball's Negro National League disbands, two years after major league baseball integrated, 1948
In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space, 1954
Exxon and Mobil sign a $73.7 billion USD agreement to merge, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company, 1998
Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings, 2004
John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York, 2005
The first human face transplant takes place in France, 2005
Enzo di Fabrizio, physics professor at Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro, Italy, successfully takes the first photograph of DNA, 2012
UNESCO adds Belgian beer to its Cultural Heritage List, 2016
Two Chinese scientists make it to the Guinness Book of World Records by recording the world's longest lasting rainbow - 8 hrs 58 min in Taipei's Yangmingshan Mountain range, 2017
Archaeologists announce newly discovered rock art in Serranía La Lindosa, Colombia, dating between 12,600 and 11,800 years ago, depicting many extinct species of animals, 2020
Alphafold's DeepMind AI program announces it has achieved scientific breakthrough by being able to predict how proteins fold into 3D shapes, 2020
Josephine Baker becomes the first black woman to be honored at Paris’ Panthéon, France's highest honor, 2021