Happy “Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day” (if you’re reading this on the 19th).
“The miracle of the “Swallows” of Capistrano takes place each year at Mission San Juan Capistrano, on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day. Swallows migrate 6,000 miles from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano in large groups. The town of San Juan Capistrano welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to witness the return of the swallows, a tradition that has been celebrated since the early 1930s.”
This holiday has always tickled me. I picture the swallows with little calendars, checking off the days until it’s time to leave Argentina and fly north. There may not be crowds celebrating this year’s arrival in San Juan Capistrano, but I hope the swallows arrive nonetheless.
Closer to home, I had plans to celebrate “National Relaxing with a Book Day,” since I have the day off work. Instead, I’ll be taking the car into the shop for “Check Engine Light Day.” Apparently the car isn’t happy that it has spent so much time just sitting in the driveway during the past 369 days of pandemic-stay-at-home. On the bright side, the light came on when I was just taking a short trip to the grocery store and have a day off to deal with it, rather than when I was on the highway. Still, not what I was planning to do.
Here’s hoping the problem is quickly resolved and I am able to follow through with the rest of my weekend plans. After all, I have a pile of unread books awaiting my attention.
While I’m waiting for the car to be repaired I think I’ll grab my favorite notebook and give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.
Care to join me?
For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.
If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope either today’s random words or writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.
Prompt: A Change of Plans
Feel free to interpret the prompt any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:
bewitching loyal hover platonic
harbor skyline destroy passenger
formula aroma ballet acoustic
diamond excuse grin festival
I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments. If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future writing prompts. Ideas are always welcome.
Happy writing to all!