It’s Thursday so it is time for another Online Dictionary Word of the Day writing challenge.  Every day an online dictionary app notifies me of the “Word of the Day”.  In this weekly event, I will use the word issued on Thursday and challenge my fellow bloggers to answer the call.

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  • The event generally runs Thursday through Wednesday; however it is really never closed.  You can access previous challenges on the left panel of the blog.
  • My submission today can be found below the issued word.

For this week’s challenge, please give me HUMDINGER


\ HUHM-DING-er \  , noun;

a person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect.
A humdinger  indeed. I had a whole list of agents, publishers, magazine editors who’d say I was right.
— P.F. Kluge, A Call From Jersey , 2010
The humdinger , though it contained one intriguing element, turned out to be a very ordinary murder; or so it struck me.
— Truman Capote, Music for Chameleons , 1980
Humdinger  arose in the late 1800s in the United States. Its origin is unknown.
The Letter
Georgina walked into the bar and looked for her friends.  They agreed to meet her but she had refuse to give them any details over the telepone.  Her news was so exciting, her friends could see that she was bursting at the seems when she took a seat.
“Let me order a drink and then I will tell you about the letter I received today.  It is a real humdinger, ” exclaimed Georgina!  The waitress came over and Georgina ordered a apple martini.
“Ok spill it, ” said Sarah.
“Yeah! What’s this all about,” chimed Gwen.
Georgina could see their anticipation and it made it all the more exciting for her to begin her story.  “Yesterday when I arrived home from work, I found a notice in my mailbox from the postal service telling me that they had a letter for me in their misdirected mail department.”  “I was thinking why didn’t they just leave the letter instead of the notice,” said Georgina.  “Today during my lunch break I went to the post office to retrieve the letter and “misdirected” was an understatement.”  “The letter had been posted in 1944 from London, England and was addressed to my mother and since my mother was no longer living, it was redirected to me.”  “I think I finally know who my father is.”
Georgina’s friends were shocked.  “What do you mean,” they said in unison?
“When my mother was a nurse during World War II, she was stationed in London England.  Before the war ended, she left the nursing core and returned to the United States.  She never talked about why.  When I was in high school, I became curious about my father as my mother never told me anything about him other than that he died in the war.  Back then I did the math and figured out that I had been conceived while she was still nursing during the war and that was why she left early and returned to the United State.
“Who sent the letter,” questioned Sarah?
“I’m getting to that part.  The letter was from Lord William Carmichael, 4th Earl of Hornesbury.  It was addressed to the military hospital in London and I guess it became lost when they tried to forward it to my mother back in 1944.  By the contents of the letter, I am sure my father was William Carmichael and that he didn’t know about my mother’s condition.  I looked him up in Debrett’s Peerage and it mentions that during the war he was missing in action but turned out to be alive in 1945.  He is living on the family estate and is currently a widow.  I have decided to write to him and see what comes of it,” said Georgina.
“When you said you had something to tell us about and that it was a humdinger, you were not exaggerating,” said Gwen.
Georgina and her friends spent the evening speculating about what will happen.  Georgina was nervous about William Carmichael’s reaction and about being accepted and acknowledged but under it all, she was excited about her adventure to come.

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