Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Holidays as such...

Before I get into the prompt poeming today, I thought I'd share with you some celebratory tidbits:  Did you know that today, February 16th, is

Do a Grouch a Favor Day
Pistachio Nut Day
The nylon stocking was patented today in 1937
Independence Day for Lithuania
National Almond Day
911 Birthday (it was started today in 1968)

And in case you're interested, among others festivals, yesterday was National Gum Drop Day.

There are a lot of cool websites out there which can give you a reason to celebrate seven days a week, 365 (or 366, if a leap year) days a year!  Here are a few:  Bizarre American Holidays, HiDates (not active officially anymore, but you can access some pages), Holiday Insights, ButlerWebs, Holidays, Holidays for Every Day and BrownieLocks.

Now, you might be asking yourself - why?  For what purpose would all this weirdness be listed here?

Well, that brings me to prompt #1.  Three Word Wednesday gave a prompt today of the words, "blink, kind and occasion."  And in using 'occasion' - as in, one of the holidays listed above - I got my poem idea.  The form is Huitain.

Image courtesy of Droolicious

Do a Grouch a Favor Day

What kind of occasion is this?
It’s ‘Do a Grouch a Favor’ Day?
Huh?!  I’d much rather reminisce
about the fete from yesterday:
‘National Gum Drop Day.’  I say,
I wouldn’t blink twice for a sweet!
Gum Drops have a certain cache,
but grouches are just not a treat.  

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Continuing on with holidays, We Write Poems wanted us to write a Valentine to ourselves.  Mine is an Envelope Quintain.

Image courtesy of Maxwell's Blog
Funny Valentine

My funny Valentine to me
would have jokes and of course, some puns…
really silly stuff, by the tons.
No schmaltzy,  mushy overruns:
for my heart, laughs are the key.

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And finally, SiS/Few Miles provided a picture prompt, which practically cries out, "Mother's Day!" in clay.  My 5/7/5 haiku is actually a nice one (meaning, not silly or funny) because it's a tribute to my mom, who totally rocks.


Mom Wish

I hope I can be,
to my kids, the kind of mom
my mom is to me.

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Have a happy day - whatever you choose to celebrate!

40 comments:

  1. Simply glorious - all of it!
    Where DO you get your stuff from?

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  2. RJ, laughter is the best medicine.
    Thanks for the links, so, if I want
    to celebrate I know where to go.
    Enjoyable reads!

    Pamela

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  3. They're all fun, including the 'serious' one.
    Mind you, those occasion days really are silly. Celebrating gum drops? If we were asked to celebrate big, fat, creamy, chocolatey truffles, I'd be in there like a shot.

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  4. Lovely poetic moments...full of beauty and whimsy!

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  5. I enjoyed your poems and was especially touched by the Haiku about your mom. Beautifully expressed.

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  6. Old Altonian - thanks! That is so incredibly kind of you to say that! ☼

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  7. you can be a good mom if you set your mind to.

    lovely Haiku.

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  8. What a treat all this is. Not only have we been entertained we have also learned so much too.

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  9. It's Great that you have so much fun with all these prompts - fun mixed with wisdom.

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  10. fantastic post..
    and the haiku is superb...great tribute...

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  11. I love both of these: laughter is the key to love, as far as I'm concerned; and good mothers show us how to love.

    Loved them.

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  12. 'Mom wish' is simply touching..(I am sure you are)..always 'nut day' in the Rose household! nice to know it's a global thing.. ;)

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  13. Jingle - I surely try - and happily, I have a terrific relationship with my two kidlets! ☼

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  14. Thank YOU, Pamela! I grew up in a household full of fun and laughs - and I think that 'medicine' is still going on today! ☼

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  15. wonderful collection. we really can celebrate 365 days every year if not more...

    trisha
    http://sharmishthabasu.wordpress.com/

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  16. RJ, three great poems! And for me, "each day is Almond Day..."
    Here's mine, for 3WW and ABC Weds.:
    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/the-ecstasy-of-agony-3ww-abc/

    Have a fun (not grouchy) day! Amy BL
    P.S. Believe it or not, in regards to your mother poem, my "captcha" code was "mater"!!!

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  17. Friko - I'm with you about those chocolate truffles! Yum!

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  18. Elaine - thank you! A whole bunch! ☼

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  19. Judy - thanks! I consider myself one of the luckiest people alive - I continue to have a terrific relationship with my mom and my dad - and my sisters, too. But I also have a funny husband and two creative and fun kids.

    When my twins were born, someone said to me roughly what the haiku says, and my wish gets fulfilled daily!

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  20. Old Egg - thanks! I'm glad I could do both things for you! ♥

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  21. Viv - thank you so much! Your kind words are greatly appreciated!

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  22. Jae Rose - yep, I think it's totally a global thing! haha!

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  23. Trisha - every day should be a celebration of some kind - that's my take on things! ☼

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  24. Amy - mater???!!! How whack is that?

    Our house is the original nut house, but that's a good thing!

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  25. just loved the way you used 3WW prompt- it was truly hilarious.

    I am going to work more seriously on mine :)

    trisha
    http://sharmishthabasu.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/the-occassion/

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  26. SiS - thank you so much - and thanks for such inspiring prompts!

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  27. Trisha - thanks! Gotta see what you do!

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  28. They are all done beautifully! ;)

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  29. enjoyed the intro... every day is a day to celebrate... ya!!!...

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  30. Ms. Pie - thanks! And yep, every day is indeed a day to celebrate!

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  31. what a fun read, sorry it took me so long to get to it.

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  32. ThomG - no apologies! Just glad you stopped by. And thanks!

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