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Happy May Day

April 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Patricia's Journey

photo by Lisa Ensley

When I was a child, as the first day of May drew near, we would make baskets out of construction paper.   You would take a piece of colored paper and fold it in the shape of a cone.  A strip of paper glued on the wide end served as the handle.  They would be lined with a paper doily and filled with popcorn, candy corn, M&M’s and flowers and whatever else made you smile as you thought of the merry month of May.  On May 1st, we  would deliver them to friend’s and neighbor’s front doors, hanging them on their door knobs, ringing the doorbell or knocking and then disappearing quickly. If we were lucky, we were able to hide nearby where we could see  them answer the door yet our identity would remain hidden.  It was great  fun.  It was that innocent joy of giving simply to give.  It was that first cognitive glimpse of giving and not needing nor wanting credit.  No one would ever know it was you and that made it so perfect.  Sheer essence of God and without ego.

May Day falls exactly half of a year from November 1.   May Day marks the end of the uncomfortable winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.  For those of us in Iowa, a raucous celebration was May Day baskets.  In Hawaii, according to Wikipedia, “May Day is also known as Lei Day, and is normally set aside as a day to celebrate island culture in general and native Hawaiian culture in particular.   It has since been adopted by state and local government as well as by the residents, and has taken on a sense of general spring celebration.”

On this May Day, this first day of May, close your eyes and imagine a gentle knocking on your front door.  As you open the door music begins to play and it is this song…especially for you.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World

Kind of tough to keep my identity hidden on my website, so consider me a messenger from an unidentified angel who wanted you to remember how magical, inspiring, magnificent, compassionate, powerful, kind, generous, original and loved you are.  So very loved.

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2 Responses to “Happy May Day”
  1. Jeri says:

    I think maybe that might be a midwest recalling of May Day? I have almost thee exact memories of May Day. It was so exciting as a child. Especially living in such a large family. The kitchen counter would be filled to the brim with cups of popcorn and candy corn. Pipe cleaners for handles. Then off we’d go to deliver. No one knew what I was talking about while living in Wash. I still helped my daughter make them, but her friends weren’t doing it. Wasn’t the norm. haha

    Anywayyy….Happy May Day to you as well Sweet Pea…what a lovely memory and thought for the day. }}

  2. Jan Johnson says:

    Happy May Day to you too, my dear! What a beautiful writing and photo this morning! I hadn’t done May baskets for many years since the kids decided they didn’t want to do it anymore. However, I decided to do it for my colleagues at work and it was great fun to watch them giggle like little kids enjoying the nibbles and trying to figure out who did it :-) ! I plan to write you personally this weekend. Have had lots of company after coming back from my sister’s. So glad you are through the painful intestinal thing—poor sing! Please know while I am out here in Western Nebraska, I am spiritually sending you transcendent hugs and many, many prayers. Love you and hoping you get a May basket!! Love you more than all the leaves and flowers budding this week! Jan

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