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:
- A foolish waste of time
- Reading secret messages
- New orders
I (Elephant's Child) am going to continue to add a further challenge to the mix. Charlotte(MotherOwl) has assigned a colour to each month of the year. This month it is pine green and if you can include it in your Words for Wednesday contribution each week in January, she and I would be very grateful.
"What have we here?"
"Could it be the new orders we've been waiting for?"
"No, it's in the Cyrillic alphabet!"
"It's a code, I'm sure it was dropped by the rogue agent we've been after."
"You're probably right, let's see if we can decipher it."
A few moments of work later, they realized it was a warning to get out of there now. A noxious gas started pouring into the room, and, not wanting to be overcome by it and perish in that dank hole, one of them grabbed his very thick pine green winter muffler and they each wrapped an end around their mouths to protect them as they ran up the stairs to get away.
Bursting out of the door of the basement of the parish house, the twin boys, who almost always lived with the Mission Impossible theme song playing in their heads, dove under cover of the bushes at the back of the vicar's garden.
"That was close! We can't let him get away!"
"We won't, we'll cut around and barricade the other exit!"
Before they could come out from under their cover, they heard a familiar whistle.
"Of all the luck!"
A second whistle told the boys it was time to hustle home, Mother was about to pull supper out of the oven and they needed time to wash up.
On the way home, they discussed their next plans, next mission, next game. Their parents thought it was a foolish waste of time, all this make-believe spy business, always trying to catch the bad guys, pretending to be reading secret messages.
Still, they stayed out of trouble, and the vicar didn't mind their games. "They only frighten the spiders in the basement and there's no harm in that," he used to say. He even loaned them his spy thrillers to read, glad to have fellow lovers of the genre among the younger generation.
Years later, when one was a high-ranking operative in the military, the other a government agent with a base in Paris, their parents were most proud.
A Room of One's Own Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, for all of those who just want a space to call their own; on the birth anniversary of Virginia Woolf
Around the World in 72 Days -- this date in 1890, Nellie Bly broke the fictional Phileas Fogg's record and went around the world in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds
Big Rock Day -- discovery of the Cullinan diamond (3,106 carets) this day in 1905
Conversion of St. Paul -- Christian
Observe the Weather Day -- a beautiful St. Paul's Conversion Day means a prosperous year, precipitation means an expensive year, clouds mean much loss of livestock, and wind means war looms in the year ahead
Dydd Santes Dwynwen -- Wales (For St. Dwynwen, Patron of lovers, especially Welsh lovers, and sick animals; the Welsh Valentine's Day)
Feriae Sementivae -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a Feast of Spring, asking protection for seeds sown in the fall, and those to be sown in spring)
Festival of Constructive Energy -- another internet generated day with no explanations
G. F. Betico Croes Day -- Aruba
IV Nurse Day -- US (sponsored by the Infusion Nurses Society)
January 25 Revolution Day -- Egypt
Luanda City Day -- Luanda City, Angola
Macintosh Computer Day -- debuted this day in 1984
National Irish Coffee Day
National Voters' Day -- India
Old Disting -- Norse Calendar (date approximate; a market day held at the same time as a sacrifice to the female powers.)
Opposite Day -- internet generated, and fun if you play it right
Robert Burns' Night -- Scotland; Newfoundland (celebrated with a Burns' Supper and reciting poetry)
Dinner Party Day -- for Bobby Burns, of course
St. Ananias of Damascus' Day (Saint who baptized St. Paul)
Vasant Panchami / Saraswati Puja -- Hindu (celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge)
Winter-een-mas -- a holiday for gamers, begun by Tim Buckley; through the 31st
Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn, 1533 (secret wedding)
Moscow University is established, to coincide with St. Tatiana's Day, 1755
Alicia Keys, 1981
Ana Ortiz, 1971
China Kantner, 1971
Dinah Manoff, 1958
Leigh Taylr-Young, 1945
Etta James, 1938
Corazon Aquino, 1933
Dean Jones, 1931
Edwin Newman, 1919
Florence Mills, 1896
Virginia Woolf, 1882
William Somerset Maugham, 1874
Robert Burns, 1759
Robert Boyle, 1627 (O.S. date)
"One Hundred and One Dalmatians"(Cartoon film), 1961
"Metamorphosen, Study for 23 Solo Strings"(Strauss composition), 1946
"The Guiding Light"(Radio), 1937
"R.U.R./Rossum's Universal Robots"(Play), 1921 (the word "robot" enters the world lexicon)
"Wedding March"(Mendelssohn, Op. 61), 1858
"La Cenerentola"(Rossini Opera), 1817
Today in History:
Founding of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1554
Battle of Mikatagahara, in Japan; Takeda Shingen defeats Tokugawa Ieyasu, 1573
The Treaty of Utrecht marks the beginning of the Dutch Republic, 1579
Eliakam Spooner of Vermont patents the first seeding machine in the US, 1799
The first US engineering college opens, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy, NY, 1825
Sojourner Truth addresses the First Black Women's Rights Convention, in Akron, Ohio, 1851
Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" is first played, at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia, 1858
The soda fountain is patented by Gustavus Dows, 1870
Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company, 1881
Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms, 1882
Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg's time around world by 8 days (72 days), 1890
The first US transcontinental telephone call is made when Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in SF, 1915
The League of Nations is founded, 1919
The 1924 Winter Olympics opens in Chamonix, France (in the French Alps), inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games, 1924
At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented, 1949
The first scheduled transcontinental flight in the US takes place, an American Airlines flight from California to New York, 1959
The Clementine space probe launches, 1994
Russia almost launches a nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile, 1995
During a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country, 1998
Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star, 2006
Tropical cyclone Oswald makes landfall in Queensland, Australia, causing mass flooding, 2013
A British rowing team becomes the first female crew and the first crew of four to cross the Pacific, from San Francisco, California to Cairns, Australia in 257 days, 2016
Kisenosato is made yokozuna, becoming the 72nd Grand Champion of Sumo, and the first native Japanese to hold the title since 1998, 2017
Janet Yellen is confirmed as the first female treasury secretary by the US Senate, 2021
The Australian government buys the copyright to the Aboriginal flag designed by artist Harold Thomas, 2022