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 Elephant's Child.
This week's prompts are:
Our family has gotten some excellent news.
EVERYONE calm down, it's not about cars. Unless a rich AUNT or other relative suddenly feels sorry for us, we're stuck on that issue.
We've got a few more DAYS before the part comes in and we find out if we can fix Slow-Moe, and meanwhile, my HEART is sinking about the chances of Lunceford the Land Yacht surviving into the new year.
I'd ask for CANDLES and prayers but i'm afraid it might be too late for that, we'll see.
On to a better topic.
A relative has had liver trouble. Serious liver trouble. Cirrhosis liver trouble, which means scarring of the liver. There was talk of a transplant someday.
For about NINE or ten years, this person drank like a fish, probably a fifth or more per day. The liver of this rather young person became like that of someone who'd been hard drinking into their seventies.
Then this person hit a STRIKE of good luck and got jaundice. No longer could the problem be denied. Rehab was arduous and this person came out on the other side stronger and sober.
This person determined not just to live sober, but to quit smoking, exercise and eat right and clean up all the way around. Alcohol wasn't MISSED as this person forged a new life and now looks and feels better than ever.
This relative didn't just dodge a BULLET and save their life for a few extra years. The news came in from the liver doctor this week that the liver has totally recovered, there is no more cirrhosis.
Even the doctor is shocked as he's never seen that happen. All evidence of scar tissue is gone, the liver has totally regenerated. This person has a normal prognosis for someone their age as far as life span and no longer has to say, "I've got a major organ with an expiration date."
I'm ready to dance a BALLET in celebration, if i knew how.
Armed Forces Flag Day -- India
Day of Mourning for Dingle-Fritter, Gooseberry-Humple, Tiger-Get-By, LoneFolding, But Not Zimber-Quattor -- Fairy Calendar
Día de las Velitas -- Columbia (Day of the Little Candles, a celebration on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception)
Feast of Osiris in Abydos -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Hang a Wreath Day -- after all, by now it's about time
International Civil Aviation Day -- UN
Letter Writing Day -- no origin info found, but think of how happy someone will be to get a letter if you write one!
National Cotton Candy Day
National Heroes' Day/Memorial Day -- East Timor
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day -- US
Quema del Diablo -- Guatemala (Burning of the Devil, to cast out impurities before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception)
Special Kids Day -- a day to make sure special needs kids get to visit Santa with whatever accommodations they require www.specialkidsday.org
St. Ambrose of Milan's Day (Patron of bee keepers, bees, candle makers/chandlers, domestic animals, learning, schoolchildren/students, wax refiners; French Commissariat; Milan, Italy)
Students' Day -- Iran
Spitak Remembrance Day -- Armenia
Urdhyauli Parwa -- Nepal (a festival of the Kirati People, celebration of the animals' annual migration down from the mountaintops)
National Fire Safety Council founded, 1979
Delaware becomes the first US State, 1787
Aaron Carter, 1987
Tino Martinez, 1967
C. Thomas Howell, 1966
Edd Hall, 1958
Larry Bird, 1956
Tom Waits, 1949
Johnny Bench, 1947
Harry Chapin, 1942
Ellen Burstyn, 1932
Ted Knight, 1923
Eli Wallach, 1915
Louis Prima, 1910
Willa Cather, 1873
"City of Angels"(Musical), 1989
"Band on the Run"(Album), 1973 (UK release date)
"The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria"(Savoy Opera), 1889
Today in History:
Marcus Tullius Cicero is assassinated, BC43
Chinese Emperor Lo-Yang makes notation of a supernova (MSH15-52), 185
Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the US, is completed to Trumbull, 1696
The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, 1732
Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general, 1776
The New York Philharmonic plays its first concert, 1842
Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission, 1900
Leo Baekeland of Yonkers patents the first thermosetting plastic, Bakelite, 1911
The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, 1941
Prince Rainier III of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils, 1962
The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats, 1970
The final Apollo mission is launched, and takes the photo now called The Blue Marble as they take off, 1972
Yasser Arafat recognizes the right of Israel to exist, 1988
The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched, 1995
The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement, 1999
The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, 2003
Scientists in Tanzania discover the oldest-known dinosaur fossil, and 243-million-year-old Nyasasaurus, 2012
NASA reports the GRAIL probes studying the moon reveal unexpectedly deep cracks, craters and tectonic structures, 2012
Beijing issues its first ever red alert for pollution, 2015
Naples' pizza spinning, Germany's organ music, Kyrgystan's Kok boru and India's Kumbh festival are all given UNESCO intangible heritage status, 2017
Breaking, the competitive form of breakdancing, is confirmed as an Olympic sport for the Paris 2024 games, 2020