Unlike Groundhog day, May Day is a tradition that is not talked about as much when it comes around every May first. It’s basically a celebration of Spring and nature, and in some historic cultures it was the day young people were potentially paired with each other for a spring courtship that would end with a Wedding six weeks later in June. 😳 However, the most commonly known May Day tradition is probably the May basket.
When I was a kid we did May Day baskets. At 4 or 5 years old and living in small town Nebraska, people still did stuff like that. I remember leaving a basket and knocking the door or ringing the doorbell and then running away. It was fun. You could hide behind a bush or car and watch as the received their gift.
Now days, if you did that People would probably not think such great thoughts about it. When I was 5 we moved to a larger town in Iowa and People didn’t do baskets. I remember being disappointed and wondering what was wrong with these people.
In 4th grade I had a teacher who was really into it and we took the whole day to celebrate. We had goodies and danced around a May pole and crowned 3 May Day princesses. It’s supposed to be a May Queen, but she wanted more than one girl to feel special.
Today the kids and I won’t be doing anything to celebrate. No baskets, no Maypole, and absolutely NO pairing for marriage!! Ha!! 😜 Instead we will be celebrating taco Tuesday and I’ll be making fresh pico de gallo and we’ll probably do some dancing in the kitchen to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy”. (We have our own traditions).
Between now and then I’ve gotta try and get 6 or 7 hours of work in to make up for taking most of the day off yesterday with my sweetie. We drove out to the wildlife safari and then spent the rest of the day just relaxing. It was a wonderful day. It was also a pretty wonderful weekend.
I had my sushi on Sunday and we spent a lot of time running errands and talking and also monitoring the progression of operation “introduce the kittens”. I took Kayla to his house for the weekend and we put the two cats in adjacent rooms blocked by a gate.
The idea was to let them see and smell each other and not have any chance of physical contact. This way, they could sort out their feelings before turning them loose in the house together. It turns out Neither JS nor I have patience to watch that go on too long. By Sunday we let them out and Emma, the smaller more timid of the two, went to hide while Kayla explored the house.
Soon enough curiosity got the best of them and they we’re hanging out in the same room doing what appeared to be an extended stare down, complete with periodic hissing at each other. On Sunday we put Kayla back in the room with her food and litter so Emma could let her guard down. It was an interesting experiment and we’ll do a repeat soon. Needless to say the plan is for me to be able to spend more time over there without neglecting my baby. No plan yet to introduce the kids.. cuz priorities! 😂
Anyway, time to get my ass in gear and get to work.
Happy Taco Day,