Perhaps you recall making a basket, setting it on your neighbor's doorstep or hung it from the front doorknob, ringing the bell and running like crazy so no one knew it was you leaving it.
- May's birth flower-Lily of the Valley
- In 1990 USA census May was the 264th most common first name.
- The month May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.
- May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says "Marry in May and you'll rue the day".
- On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.
- Minnesota was admitted to the Union on May 11th 1858
- The Puritans frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm in the United States as in Great Britain. But the tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived as a part of the English tradition. The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions.
April Poetry Month may have ended but the importance of reading and sharing poems hopefully will continue throughout the year. These two poetry anthologies by Caroline Kennedy get my highest recommendation. Truly great family gifts to treasure. She collaborated with Jon Muth on both books. His exquisite rich watercolors complement each poem.
Catch a Little Rhyme
by Eve Merriam
Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door
I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted to an icicle
I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat
I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale
I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat
When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper
Then it grew into a kite
and flew far out of sight ...
Eve Merriam, “Catch a Little Rhyme” from Catch a Little Rhyme (New York: Atheneum, 1966). Copyright © 1966, 1994 by Eve Merriam. Reprinted with the permission of Marian Reiner.
and rounding out the weekend with Bella's latest posting from WWN