May Day Soon for Us

April 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

By Emily Kehoe

Seasons, holidays, celebrations . . . I can’t get enough of them. And one is sneaking up on us now that will come and go without fanfare, except by our own efforts. May Day. There is no Hallmark card for this one, and maybe that’s why I find it so appealing. Ancient roots with lots of history and festivals to herald in Spring, many of which are still carried out in parts of Europe. Now, I am not suggesting that we start dancing around a maypole—remember those?—but I am suggesting some small acts of kindness that are associated with the holiday: leaving small bunches of flowers and/or sweets for neighbors anonymously. If the sheer unexpected kindness of it could potentially unnerve your neighbors and lead them to call 911 or the 112th, then include a note. Next year, those same neighbors will be that much more used to the annual revelry.

Go forth and make merry this May Day.

Image Framingham State College, by Marc Kantrowitz and Marianne Larson

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