Wednesday Medley – May Day
I had so much fun participating in the Wednesday Medley that is hosted by Terri from the blog, Your Friend in Florida, last week, that I wanted to participate again. I’ll attempt to answer the questions but first here is an explanation of what May Day is all about. She said the description is taken from the National Day Calendar.
Hope you enjoy….I wonder what the questions are…..I’m a bit nervous. I so don’t want to bore you. 😉
May Day is observed annually on May 1. In many ancient calendars, May 1 was the first day of summer. This was a cause for celebration. One of the more popular rituals was harvesting flowers and giving them to neighbors and strangers in cone-shaped baskets. These “May Baskets” become more commonly known as “May Day Baskets”. The current tradition is observed by hanging a cone-shaped basket full of flowers or other gifts on the outside doorknob, then knocking or ringing the doorbell and run away.May Day has been a traditional day of celebration for centuries, with some of the earliest appearings in pre-Christian times. In English tradition, May Day is celebrated by crowning a May Queen and dancing around a maypole. The Finnish tradition is a carnival-type celebration in the streets that includes a special type of lemonade that is made with lemons, brown sugar and yeast. In France, it is correct to give people either dogwood or lily of the valley to celebrate May Day. In Italy, a seasonal feast is held to celebrate the arrival of spring.While different countries have different ways to celebrate May Day, it is truly a celebration of spring.
HOW TO OBSERVE –Use #MayDay when posting on Social Media. Participate in the May Day tradition of hanging baskets of flowers on doors.
1. Ahhh… May Day!! Happy May! Did you celebrate this when you were a child by dancing around a Maypole or leaving flowers on someone’s porch? Will you be celebrating a special occasion in May?(There are so many other things being celebrated today that I think we need to give them some attention, too!)
I remember one time in elementary school doing a Maypole. All I remember is a tall pole on the playground and we all took a ribbon that was attached to the pole and we went around the pole in a circle. That is all I remember. When my daughter was young she wanted to put flowers on someones door. She made a paper cone and put some wildflowers in it and we put it on a neighbors door.
I never hear much about May Day these days. I have a feeling it’s a dying holiday.
There are a few birthdays happening in the month of May and one of them happens to be mine! It’s going to be the big one!
2. National Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987. Can you name a nursery rhyme that would fit your life as it was in 1987? HERE is a list of nursery rhymes.
Oh my….where was I in 1987?
I was a busy pastor’s wife in a small west Texas town with a 4 year old little girl and a 1 year old baby boy.
As far as a nursery rhyme that would fit my life, I’m going to go with, Rock a Bye Baby. My cute little red headed baby boy wouldn’t sleep. I would rock him until he was sound asleep and the second I put him in his bed, he would wake up crying. So, I held him a lot so he could sleep and I would nod off myself. Our sweet little toddler girl was busy as a bee and was such a sweet big sister. She was too busy to rest herself. I just got tired all of the sudden remembering those days.
3. National Chocolate Parfait Day is also honored on this day. Parfait means perfect in French. Tell us about a perfect day, in your mind, and would/could it end with a chocolate parfait?
I haven’t had a chocolate parfait in forever. I’m thinking that would be a great way to end the day.
A perfect day? Whew, that is a hard one. I’m going to have to say that any day is a perfect day when everyone is happy and healthy and I feel loved and accepted by those that I love. Throw in spending a morning in my quiet time with the Lord without being rushed. For the rest of the day; doing exactly what I want to do for the rest of the day! Is that too much to ask? -wink
4. National School Principal’s Day was founded to celebrate these school administrators who support and guide quality teachers and staff to provide productive learning environments for our children. Did you have a good Principal when you were in school? Do you remember his/her name?
Oh my…..If I told you how many schools I was in as a child, you would be scratching your head wondering how I’m even here. I don’t remember names except for one in Jr. High. His name was Mr. Monroe. I was bullied in jr. high and he watched me get beat up across the street from the school. When I got in my classroom after the terrible incident, he called over the speaker to send me to the office. I went in to his office and he shut the door and began brushing the dirt off of me. I was basically in shock. I began to cry as he told me he saw the whole thing and wanted to know what the story was. I asked him why he didn’t come and stop the fight. He said, “because you were off of school property.” That’s all I remember. It was extremely traumatic!
I just remembered one more incident with this same principal. I was sitting in homemaking class one day and our teacher left the room for a few minutes. As soon as she left the room everyone went nuts. Kids were running around throwing things, screaming etc. I was sitting at my desk and I had my hair in a long pony tail that day. This one girl that was running around the room like a crazy girl…..grabbed my pony tail as she ran behind me. She pulled me out of my chair and drug me on the ground. I was in shock. I got back up and sat in my chair. Remember, I was extremely shy. When the teacher came back in the room everyone was sitting all nice and straight in their chairs. Then the teacher called me up to the desk along with the girl that grabbed me by the hair and told us that someone saw what happened and she sent both of us to the principal. I had to walk with this girl all the way to his office and then stand in his office with her staring at me as he asked me what happened. I explained and he scolded the girl and sent us back to our class. I went all through high school with this girl and I dodged her every chance I got as she would try to pick fights with me. It wasn’t fun!
So now you know why I didn’t like school and especially jr. high. Those were the worst two years of my life. Let’s move on to a different subject.
5. And perhaps the most important one is Silver Star Service Banner Day which honors the sacrifices of the combat wounded, ill, and dying service members from all branches of the military. Do you have family members who have served this country in uniform? Tell us about them, if you will.
My husband served in the US Navy. I met him when he got out of the Navy. He served on a Nuclear Power Submarine. I’m thankful for his service and I love to hear his stories of where he was and what all he did while serving in the military!
My brother served in the US Marine Corp during Desert Storm. He has some amazing stories. It was a very memorable time as it was a very scary time. He is a strong and proud Marine!
My father and grandfather both served in the US Navy.
6. It’s Hump Day! How is your week going so far?
My week is going great! Hair appointment, dinner with our kiddos, two concerts coming up with Celtic Woman and Piano Guys, an art exhibit of a friend and then a play as well as my regular duties that I do each day. Life is good!
Thanks so much for reading along.
Until next time,
Your blog brought back so many memories, sure did enjoy it. I had just written on f/b memories of making May Day baskets, taking them home to put on our door. knocking and hiding so mother wouldn’t know who it was from, l didn’t think if dancing around the May Pole in my white dress mother had made, so fun. Like you I was so painfully shy , only once had good friends at school an in the 12 years I went to school we moved 12 times, one year we moved 3 times. Unlike you my Jr High was the best of my school years, we lived in one place and in town so I got to do things with the other kids, we lived there all of my 7th grade and part of my 8th grade, broke my heart when we left there. We usually lived in a camp 47 miles from Andrews and moved back there every other time but the kids and I both would have changed so it was like going to a new place. I was teased because I was always over weight. Difficult growing up for little girls who don’t understand but we were both loved st home and by our God who had plans for us that we had no idea of.
Awww….thank you for sharing your May memories! I’m so glad you have good memories of Jr. High. Sounds wonderful!
Things improved when I went into 9th grade. That happened to be the year that I put my faith and trust in Christ. Life changed dramatically in every way. I shudder to think where I’d be if I would have never became a believer and lived for Him. So very thankful!
Sounds like you moved a lot to as a child. Very hard when you are painfully shy, I know! 🙂
Thanks again for sharing and always for your faithfulness!
And praise God that we have the National day of prayer 1st Thursday of May every year and that Pres Trump honors this.
Sherrie! That is so true. Thank you or reminding me. I wish I would have put that in my post. I just finished watching some of the White House events for NDP. So very thankful. I am for sure praying for our country and our leaders.
Thank you again for reading and commenting.