Tuesday, May 01, 2012

May Day and Lei Day

Hubby will always remember the date his Dad died.  He was with his Mother when her door bell rang.  A little neighbor girl reached out and gave his Mother a May Basket she made for her.  Ahhh, the power of a child to lift heavy hearts.

The word 'may' is with us all year long.  How many times in a day does each of us use the word 'maybe.'  What  emotions must have filled the pilgrims as they walked down the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth England, hoping to find a place where they could practice any religion they wanted.  And, what about mayflies, mayhem, mayonnaise, mayors, maypole, and the mayday call for help.

May is said to have come from the Roman Fertility Goddess Maiesta, and Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.  I could never wrap my head around a Mother's Day.  Shouldn't we honor them every day?  The mother who receives a bouquet of dandelions from her little boy or girl has to feel a delight that can't come FTD.  Anyway, that's how I would feel if I was a mother.

History hails May for Charles Lindbergh making the first solo Trans-Atlantic airplane flight in May of 1927, and Amelia Earhart is credited for being the first woman to do the same in 1932.

On May 13, 1917, three young children in Fatima, Portugal, saw a vision of, and given a message from, the Blessed Mother.

And, if I could be anywhere today, I'd choose Hawaii.  They're celebrating Lei Day.  Read about the festivities at www.hawaiimagazine.com/blogs/hawaii_today/2012/4/30HawaiiOahuWaikiki_Big_Island_Hilo_lei_day.

Hawaiian Lei
P.S.  If my cousin, Leilani, is reading this.......Happy Lei Day, my dear!