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While i still call him Mike-Next-Door, he doesn't live next door any longer, although his parents still do. He has mowed our lawn for years and now has a wife and 2 kids. His son has watched him do yard work and from his first days loved riding on the mower (blades turned off, on level ground only, of course) with his daddy.
Last week i caught them. Dad in our yard on the riding mower, son pushing his toy mower around the grandparents' yard at the same time and grandmother and young sister looking on. Then, the young guy was handed his own leaf blower and went to it just like Dad.
|Standing with his toy mower in front of him, watching dad with sister and grandmother.|
|Getting back to it!|
|Father and son with leaf blowers.|
|The child already handles it like a pro!|
Sparks is the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, who wanted us to post something positive and uplifting at the start of the week. While she no longer blogs, i like to post an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border. Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey is on a blog semi-break and her poetry is sorely missed, we hope she comes back soon. Charlotte/Mother Owl participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in at least once a month, too. Anyone else is welcome to join in the fun, just let Diane know!
This week the theme is Be Humble.
An officer in uniform of blue
was on the mall guard duty crew,
and a small girl near to him drew.
"My mom said if I'm in a stew,
and I just don't know what to do,
I can get help from an officer like you!"
"You are right, little one, it is true,
I'm here to help you through!"
"Then will you help me tie my shoe?"
(True story, and yes, the officer bent down and tied her shoe.)
An older woman was flying,
and nervous as she could be,
but she really desperately wanted
her daughter and grandchild to see.
She managed to get to the airport,
but the walk to her gate was so long,
her carry-on was growing heavy,
her carrying arm, not so strong.
Two ladies in uniforms passed her,
one stopped at a security door,
the other said, "I'll meet you there,
we're going from Gate Twenty-four."
The grandmother thought, "Flight attendants!
This one can help with my plight."
She took a deep breath and called her
before she could get out of sight.
"Oh, miss," the grandmother called,
I'm going to that gate, too!
My bag is so heavy, I'm not sure I'll get there,
could I get some help from you?"
"Why, of course!" the woman smiled,
gladly took the small suitcase,
slowed her steps to match the elder,
and took her to the right place.
Later when all were boarding,
and the flight crew they did meet,
the "flight attendant" who carried her bag
was the captain each person did greet!
When the grandmother tried to apologize,
she said, "I was glad to help you!
After all, I have nothing to prove,
I am simply a part of this crew."
(Another true story.)
Adopt a Goblin Orphan Day -- Fairy Calendar
Blessed Wulfric's Day
Cherry Pie Day
Clean Out Your Bookcase Day -- supposedly begun in 1985, but i can't find information on who started it; donate books you don't need any more to a local "friends of the library" group
Family Day -- AB, BC, NB, ON, SK, Canada
Flying Car Day -- the Arrowmobile, the first flying car, patented this day in 1937 (and can you imagine, as bad as driving is, how many accidents we would have if these people were flying around instead?)
Heritage Day -- NS, Canada (honouring Mona Louise Parsons)
Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere) -- at noon local time, citizens are requested to go outside and yell "Hoodie-Hoo" to chase away winter and call in spring; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Islander Holiday -- PEI, Canada
Louis Riel Day -- MB, Canada
Love Your Pet Day -- a day to pamper pets, like they don't get pampered enough
Lundi Gras -- Fat Monday, Carnival, one of the last to days to feast before the Lenten fast begins Wednesday
Bolludagur -- Iceland (Bun Day, the children wake the parents with a "spanking" while calling for cream buns that will be eaten that day)
Old Mask Parade -- Oranjestad, Aruba (with the Burning of the Momo tomorrow, marking the end of Carnival)
Rosenmontag -- German-speaking Countries (Rose Monday, highlight of Karneval)
Presidents' Day -- US and Territories
St Leo of Catania's Day (a/k/a Leo the Wonderworker, Patron of Rometta, Longi, and Sinagra, Sicily)
Toothpick Day -- first machine used to make them patented this day in 1872
World Day for Social Justice -- UN
John Cleese marries Connie Booth, 1968
US Post Office, 1792 (George Washington signed the act which created it)
Andrew Shue, 1967
Lili Taylor, 1967
Cindy Crawford, 1966
French Stewart, 1964
Charles Barkley, 1963
Ron Eldard, 1963
James Wilby, 1958
Patty Hearst, 1954
Gordon Brown, 1951
Ivana Trump, 1949
Jennifer O'Neill, 1948
Peter Strauss, 1947
Brenda Blethyn, 1946
Sandy Duncan, 1946
Phil Esposito, 1942
Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941
Nancy Wilson, 1937
Bobby Unser, 1934
Sidney Poitier, 1927
Robert Altman, 1925
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924
Carl E. Stotz, 1920
Gale Gordon, 1906
Ansel Adams, 1902
Joseph Jefferson, 1829
William Prescott, 1726
"Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel"(Play), 1963
"Barber of Seville"(Rossini Opera), 1816
"Giulio Cesare in Egitto"(Opera, HWV 17), 1724
Today in History:
King Christian I, ruler of Denmark and Norway, pawns the islands of Orkney and Shetland to Scotland so he can pay his daughter's dowry, 1472
An unnamed comet approaches withing 860,000 miles of Earth, the closest a comet has ever come to our planet, 1491
The first recorded wine auction is held, in London, 1673
The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington, 1792
Austria declares bankruptcy, 1811
Concepcion, Chile, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1835
The US Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia, 1839
Luther Crowell patents a machine to manufacture paper bags, 1872
In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens, 1872
The first minor league baseball association is organized, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1887
King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra, 1913
A new volcano, Paricutin, erupts in a farmer's cornfield in Mexico, 1943
The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate, 1959
While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 1962
Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts, 1965
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands, 1976
Texas industrialist Ross Perot's U.S. presidential campaign begins, 1992
Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout, 2005
Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network , with cars charging in less than 30 minutes, 2013
A 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells at auction for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector, 2016
Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million, 2017
Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis, 2018
Englishwoman Jasmine Harrison (21) becomes the youngest woman to row across an ocean arriving in Antigua as part of the Atlantic Challenge after 70 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes, 2021