The girls were sneaking around in our neighborhood, going from door to door, as they didn’t want to be caught - lest they get a kiss! SMOOCH!!
For May Day, my daughter and her friend practiced a random act of kindness. Not only did they have a special time together, but using supplies that we had in our home (and a quick run to the market up the street for flowers), they whipped up little May Day flower baskets for our neighbors! They went around our neighborhood and secretly hung them on the front doors. The trick is this - you don't want the neighbor to see you! If you get caught, you are supposed to get a kiss.
I love May Day. It’s full of giving, love and surprise! As the girls were making their baskets, I read to them about other traditions around the world.
On May 1st, people in Hawaii celebrate their own version of May Day; calling it Lei Day. People give Hawaiian leis to each other. They put them around each other's necks and sometimes give a traditional kiss.
In France, cows play an important role in May Day. The cows are led in parades with many flowers attached to their tails. The people watching try to touch the cows; it is believed to be good luck.
In Germany, one tradition is for boys to secretly plant a May tree in front of the window of the girl they love.
In London, May Day is celebrated with the children going from house to house. They bring flowers and get pennies in return. The pennies are then thrown into a wishing well. Then they are donated to charity.
I want to thank all of my kind friends for the very thoughtful comments that they left on the giveaway post. Wow! They were very encouraging, and if I could, I’d present to each one of you – on this May Day – these beautiful baskets full of flowers!
Happy May Day! Surprise a friend with flowers, or a phone call, or even a big HUG today. Or tell them how much you appreciate them.
Here’s to the winner of the apron & book!! Susie, from Pink Carnation in Bloom!!
“Kind words bring no blisters on the tongue that speaks them nor on the ear which hears them. Kind words are never wasted. Like scattered seeds, they spring up in unexpected places. Kindness is a conquering weapon. Kindness should not be all on one side. One good turn must have another as its return, or is will not be fair. He who expects kindness should show kindness. This is the high and holy mark of friendship.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-1892
(For those of you who inquired about the camera I use, it is a Kodak EasyShare C360. Nothing fancy!) Read new Crosswalk post, here, on Combating Loneliness!