Monthly Calendar Time is Here Again!
Sending you bunches and bouquets of May flowers.
Flavia, poet and artist shares these words with all of us,
“Our time on earth is woven of infinite moments,
Each holding a promise and its own exquisite beauty.”
The flower for May: Lily of the Valley
The birthstone of May: Emerald
How appropriate that one of the sweetest, yet most delicate
flowers, with its tiny cups give us the fragrance for the
month! The color of green, is bursting in every direction
which makes the gem of the month, Emerald, also appropriate.
May Day is celebrated with live flower baskets or little
braided, woven paper baskets with tissue flowers, placed on
the porch of someone, a neighbor, possibly elderly… then,
press the doorbell or knock on the door and run! If you are
old enough to have been taught this custom, let me know!
(Oh, did you ever wrap ribbons around a May Pole?)
This is also, National Day of Prayer.
Also, in Mexico, it is considered their celebration of
This is in memorial to the first major protests of the
Viet Nam war or skirmishes. This took place 50 years
ago, today in:
New York Times Square, over 1000 people gathered.
San Francisco, Calif. over 700 protestors gathered.
The other locations where there were reports of this
were in Boston, Mass., Seattle, Wash. and Madison, Wisc.
Get out and celebrate with a margarita, Sangria
!Cinco De Mayo!
The Battle of Puebla Day (Mexico) remembered.
Victory in Europe.
Veteran’s, we salute you for your service!
Happy Mother’s Day!
I have composed a humorous, but respectful list
of what some may consider qualities or ‘jobs’
or the many “hats” that mothers wear:
1. Sit down at the kitchen table and ‘shoot the breeze.’
2. The kitchen smells like “home.”
3. The beloved story teller and keeper of traditions.
4. Lunch, snacks and dinner-maker.
5. Chief ‘bottle washer.’
6. Big giver of hugs and kisses.
7. One who gets ‘away with’ licking her fingers and
smoothing your hair!
8. Singer of bedtime songs, teller of bedtime prayers.
9. Source of unconditional love.
10. Hemmer, mender and sewer.
11. Nagger: “Don’t forget your boots, lunch…”
A nicer way of putting it, “Reminder” of things.
12. Rules maker and enforcer.
13. Chores list maker and giver of allowances.
14. Tooth Fairy and other magical moments.
15. Phone home.
16. Homework Officer.
17. Schedule Secretary.
19. Taxi service.
20. Knows our flaws and bad habits, but would
be our defender till the end!
Full Flower Moon.
Armed Forces Day.
Raise your flag, salute veterans and our current Army,
Air Force, Navy, Marines and other Armed Forces personnel.
Delaware Arts Festival. Downtown, for about
four crossroads and two blocks, art, music,
fun and neighbors circulate, purchase and
admire original artwork. Creativity abounds!
Festival food is also available! Yummy!
The Delaware County District Library takes
advantage of the large crowds and has their
Annual Book Sale, fundraiser on this day, too.
Whit Sunday, Pentecost.
Victory Day in Canada.
May 22- National Maritime Day.
May 26- Memorial Day
In the United States, we celebrate by having a three day
weekend, filled with parades and memorials for the ones
who have gone before us. We honor not only the military,
but go to the gravesites of our loved ones who have passed
away. We place plastic, silk or living flowers on those we
have loved’s graves. We put flags on the graves of ones who
served our country. I remember enjoying being in the Marching
Band, playing John Phillip Sousa marches. The song, “Taps,”
sometimes is the final, somber song at the cemetery played
on this Memorial Day.
In the United Kingdom, they celebrate with a Spring
In the small book, with precious illustrations by
Joan Walsh Anglund, called, “Love Is a Special Way
of Feeling,” (1960, Harcourt Brace and World, Inc.)
“Love is a special way of feeling.
It is the safe way we feel
when we sit on our mother’s lap
with her arms around us tight and close.”
Flavia adds a quotation,
“Love lives forever and belies the passage of time.
It is what we take with us, wherever we go.”
I like to include a few thoughts along with the calendar,
which I hope makes this post both meaningful and interesting.
I also am aware that the world celebrates many more holidays
and welcome some suggestions or additions in the comments’
section. Thanks for contributing to May’s Monthly Post!