Here in Arkansas (and all around) we are soaking up spring on this May Day. Literally. This morning in Fayetteville, we are under a flash flood watch, a lightning watch, and several tornado watches/warnings just ended.
And, this storm is headed to the delta.
Say it with me…Rain, rain go away. Farmers need to plant today.
We can only soak up so much spring rain before it overflows everywhere. You know?
But today I’m thinking about May Day.
And the month of May in general.
When I remember May, I think of…
- May Poles. I’ve never danced around one. I’ve never even seen one in real life, but the idea of welcoming spring with cottony ribbons and floaty dancing and sweet music (and white cake) seems freeing and joyful, the way spring should be. And of course I would wear tiny pink and white flowers in my hair. Maybe clover, too. In my past life, I think I did that.
- Cinco de Mayo. Margarita anyone? Yes. I think I will.
- School’s Out! May means the end of another school year and graduation for some. I imagine kids sprinting across the playground toward summer; graduates tossing caps into the stunning blue sky. Even though I’m no longer in school, the thrill is real and lingering. My husband is a full-time student again, and believe me, he is counting down the days.
- Derby Day. Our family has always enjoyed a good horse race with all the trimmings. And by trimmings I mean a festive Derby hat, a perfectly grilled reuben sandwich, and $6 across-the-board bet. LOL. Big spenders we are not. (Well, Daddy may have been…)
- Mother’s Day. Everyday is Mother’s Day, but we recognize it in May with flowers and cards. Yay. If you no longer have your Momma, I’ll share mine. She would love that.
- Memorial Day. Ahhh. The anticipated kickoff to lake season and the official gateway to summertime. Happy place. Happy time. Break out your flip flops and lather on some sunscreen.
- My son’s birthday. Even though they are no longer kids, the birthday months of my children will forever be special. My son will be 26 this year! Seriously???
Based on April’s spring showers, I’m expecting stunning, over-the-top flowers from you this year. Get busy!
Happy May Day, y’all.
Stay dry and safe.
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.