Happy May Day! Hope you’re having a great spring! Spring officially came on March 20 and summer doesn’t come until June 21, so May Day is a day around the world to celebrate spring with dancing, singing, gathering of flowers (for your May Basket!), and in some places dancing around a Maypole.
Since I don’t do any dancing, I’ll just have to enjoy all you silly humans do it. And remember, don’t confuse May Day with the distress call Mayday! Mayday! That would be unfortunate.
Believe it or not, Mayday! as a distress call first came about in England in 1923, when there was a lot of air traffic between England and France. SOS was used by ships in distress through telegraph, but planes used mostly radio, so saying SOS would be confusing (“Did you say FOS?”), so they came up with “May-day,” which was the phonetic equivalent of the French “M’aidez,” which means “Help me!” Or at least that’s what they tell me. I just bark incessantly and folks get the message.
So, May is just chock full of fun stuff like that. It starts with May Day (the springy celebration thing) and ends with Memorial Day (May 27), which is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country, and also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. Pretty important day, if you ask me.
In addition to Memorial Day, I like May because it has a lot of important days and only a few goofy ones, not that I have any objections to goofiness. But Lumpy Rug Day (May 3), Dance Like a Chicken Day (May 14) and National Sea Monkey Day (May 16) are about the only ones I can find. I don’t even know what a Sea Monkey is. Is that like a monkey that can swim or have anything to do with Chicken of the Sea?
I don’t even mind No Socks Day (May 8) and Lost Sock Memorial Day (May 9 — are they related in some way?) because, for one, I don’t wear socks, and two, I hear people always complaining about losing their socks. What’s up with that?
In between all that, there are many important days, such as World Press Freedom Day (May 3), Kentucky Derby Day and Star Wars Day (May 4, May the 4th be with you!), Cinco de Mayo and Ramadan (May 5), National Nurses Day (May 6), National Teacher’s Day (May 7), V-E Day and World Red Cross Day (May 8), Child Care Provider Day and Military Spouses Day (May 10), Mother’s Day (May 12), Police Officer’s Memorial Day (May 15), Armed Forces Day and International Museum Day (May 18), National Waiters and Waitresses Day (May 21), International Jazz Day and National Wine Day (May 25, seems like a good fit!), and Amnesty International Day and National Hamburger Day (May 28). See what I mean? Whew!
Not only that, but May has several important monthly celebrations and tributes, including Foster Care Month, Gifts from the Garden Month, National Barbecue Month, National Bike Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Hamburger Month, National Photograph Month, National Salad Month and Older Americans Month.
Not to harp on it so much, but May’s weekly celebrations are also pretty significant and include Nurse’s Week, Wildflower Week, National Bike Week, National Police Week and Emergency Medical Services Week.
And since May 12 is National Limerick Day, I leave you with this (with some changes):
Geno slept in the front doorway a lot,
Soon it was his favorite spot;
His whole family swore,
Instead they’d use the back door,
Geno had all his humans well-taught.
Have a great month of May!