Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Let's Hope So (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday, BeThere2Day, and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


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:


  • Wonderful
  • Resilient
  • Worse
  • Pain
  • Valid



It hadn't been the easiest day.

Of course, there'd been WORSE days, and this one could have turned out to be even more trouble than actually happened.  Still, as her son pointed out once, "Mom, a first world problem is still a problem for the person it happens to, your complaint is still VALID and your PAIN no less just because it happens in a nicer neighborhood."

The gray drizzle all day long, with intermittent actual showers every time she needed to get out of the car, had gotten to her along with the traffic, always made worse by the weather.  She'd needed extra patience with some of her clients as all of them had extra work that day.  She was, as she'd say, "worn to a frazzle and my frazzle's wore out!"

On the way home, the sun was finally breaking through the cloud cover and she spied it right as she came around the curve in the highway.  Doing a double take, she signaled for a left turn and pulled into the turn lane, accepting as a stopping place the first parking lot that came handy.  She wasn't going to miss this little bit of glory.

The WONDERFUL double rainbow stayed clear and bright as she rolled her window down and snapped photo after photo.  The air smelled clean and rain-washed, the temperature was cool enough that she turned off the air conditioner and left the window down when she reluctantly put her phone camera down and continued the journey home.

Tomorrow will be better, she thought.  Be RESILIENT, count your blessings, remember you at least have work.  Tomorrow will be better.

(Not my photo, but loosely based on the true story of a very rainy Monday a couple of years ago, and the words and picture fit nicely.)


Today is:

Bairns Day -- Scotland (Begins the runic half-month of Eoh, the yew tree, which signifies the dead, and is now associated with the Slaughter of the Innocents of Christian tradition, so today is considered by some the unluckiest day of the year, and no work should be undertaken today.)

Call a Friend Day -- just to catch up a bit

Card Playing Day -- internet generated, enjoy a fun game with friends and family; "Go fish!"

Childermas a/k/a Holy Innocents Day -- (Patrons of babies, children's choirs, foundlings)

     various Christian traditions celebrate under many names and in various ways

     Els Enfarinats -- Ibn, Valencia, Spain (flour fight, and if it's anything like the tomato throwing in other towns of Spain, it's probably lots of fun)

     French Childermas tradition interpreted what the Norse saw as evidence of the Wild Hunt of Odin as the spirits of the Holy Innocents running from King Herod

     Inocentes -- Mexico, and sometimes celebrated as Mexican December Fool's Day (Herod fooled himself into thinking he had gotten rid of his rival king born in Bethlehem.)

Dyzemas Day -- Northhamptonshire, UK (an unlucky day to begin any new undertaking, "what is begun on Dyzemas Day will never be finished")

     origin unknown, but often translated as Tithe Day, being very close to the Portuguese word for tithe

Eat A Vegetarian Day -- an internet generated joke; yes, the vegetarian in question can be a cow

Endangered Species Act Day -- US (act passed 1973; a day to mourn species already extinct)

Fairy Academy of Window-Frosting Winter Exhibition -- Fairy Calendar

Fourth Day of Christmas

Incwala Day -- Swaziland (the biggest day of the 8-week Ncwala Festival, which loosely translates as "first fruits", although today's tasting of the first of the harvest by the King is only a portion of the many days of ceremonies)

King Taksin Memorial Day -- Thailand

Kwanzaa, Day 3, Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

National Chocolate Candy Day

Proclamation Day -- South Australia (trad.)

Return a Gift for the Cold Hard Cash Day -- and good luck, these days

Runic Half-month Eoh (yew) commences

Second Day of the Stanley Races -- Faulkland Islands

Take a Drive and Enjoy the Christmas Lights Day -- before they are gone for another year

Unluckiest Day of the Year -- various traditions state no work should be started today, for whatever is started today will never be finished!  In Olde England, nothing of importance was ever undertaken on Childermas, because it would prove unlucky

Anniversaries Today:

Billy Ray Cyrus weds Leticia Finley, 1994

The US Pledge of Allegiance is formally adopted, 1945

Iowa becomes the 29th US State, 1846

Birthdays Today:

David Archuleta, 1990

Sienna Miller, 1981

John Legend, 1978

Joe Mangianello, 1976

Todd Richards, 1969

Malcolm Gets, 1964

Denzel Washington, 1954

Edgar Winter, 1946

Don Francisco, 1940

Maggie Smith, 1934

Nichelle Nichols, 1933

Martin Milner, 1931

Johnny Otis, 1921

Sam Levenson, 1911

Lew Ayres, 1908

Cliff Arquette, 1905

Earl "Fatha" Hines, 1905

Hendrik Meijer, 1883

Woodrow Wilson, 1856

John Molson, 1763

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Gulag Archipelago"(Publication date), 1973

"Last of the Red Hot Lovers"(Play), 1969

"Night of the Iguana"(Play), 1961

"On the Town"(Musical), 1944

"Tip-Toes"(Musical), 1925

"St. Joan"(Play), 1923

"Cyrano de Bergerac"(Play), 1897

Today in History:

The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, a/k/a Westminster Abbey, is consecrated, 1065

The reign of Emperor Hanazono of Japan begins, 1308

Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a fixed star, 1612

King Taksin is crowned as king of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as a capital, 1768

Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, begins in York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto, Ontario), 1795

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo, Japan, killing 30,000+, 1828

John Calhoun becomes the first US Vice President to resign (over differences with President Andrew Jackson), 1832

Spain recognizes independence of Mexico, 1836

South Australia and Adelaide are founded, 1836

Rangoon Burma, destroyed by fire, 1841

The United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits, 1867

The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines, marking the debut of the cinema, 1895

The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California, 1912

The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park, 1950

Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelago", 1973

Winnie Mandela is banished from South Africa, 1976

The first American "test-tube baby", Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia, 1981

U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years, 2000

At 115 years old and 266 days, Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest living person, 2012

Iranian woman Vida Mohaved is arrested for protesting against the policy of the compulsory hijab, sparking other protests, 2017


  1. Rainbows ALWAYS brighten the darkest day and mood don't they? I loved your use of my prompts.

  2. Lets all hope next year will be a better year ....we hope

    Have a prompttastic week 👍 🍾🍾🍾

  3. We love seeing rainbows! That sign everything is fine made us laugh because usually when we hear that, it isn't really fine.

  4. Yes, everything is fine, and there are still wonderful rainbows in the sky.

  5. Beautiful rainbow. Everything is fine. God bless you. Happy New Year 2023 to you and yours.

  6. " Everything is Fine " here in Amherstburg. Happy New Year Mimi.

    Cruisin paul

  7. That sign is typically the first sign that everything is not okay.
    I'm afraid that I typically celebrate National Chocolate Candy Day way too often during the year.
    Have a blessed week.

  8. Everything isn't fine. That's what I think.

    Love your use of the prompts. You do these so very well.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  9. Very good story, I haven't seen a rainbow in a long time.

  10. Fun sign and great story using the prompts ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Ex[;pres.
    ala (A Creative Harbor)

  11. That double rainbow is so cool, and I love the story you shared to go along with it. That sign is fun; I wonder, though, what the other options are available when you flip it? LOL

  12. That's a story that most of us can relate to.

  13. Lots of double rainbows this year. Still, not everything's fine. And yet it could so easily, sometimes I think.

  14. Double rainbow= double fun Happy Day to you!

  15. Rainbows and that inimtable smell can surely make a day better. Well writen.

  16. You used the words for wed prompts perfectly. Your story is good and it reminds me we should enjoy the view besides just taking photos.

    Have a lovely day.


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