TRADITIONS

Keeping traditions alive

Can be a tricky business.

I’m a believer in tradition

It gives a continuity to life

Between generations.

But you have to pick and choose

What to hold on to

Or there’s no room for the new.

The May Day’s of my youth have

Disappeared for a decade or several.

The last few years have given me hope

That this gracious tradition is not dead.

May Day had many incarnations

My favorite is the May Day of my youth.

Makeshift construction paper baskets

With pipe cleaner hangers

Filled with flowers

And hung anonymously

On doors of family, neighbors and friends.

A simple kindness.

It just seemed natural

That there should be a way

To re-introduce May Day to the next generation

What better chance than the church youth group.

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So this evening they came to make bouquets

For members of the church.

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You never really know

When you do something like this

If kids are going to like it

Or if you really are a much older lady

Than you let yourself believe you are.

They jumped right in

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Making 10 wonderful arrangements

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To spread kindness

Throughout the town.

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When I came back into the house.

As fate would have it

Some anonymous children

Had left a May basket on our door.

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And decorated the pot at our front door.

With none other

Than an original ladybug.

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Judging by the glitter

I’m pretty sure

Cassidy, Sloan and Beth

Made a surprise visit.

Kindness training

Something we all need

I’m guessing even more so

In 2016

Happy May Day

Gail

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

Filed under Bouquets, Children in the Garden, Flower Arrangements, Lady Bugs, May Day, Nature, Uncategorized

2 responses to “TRADITIONS

  1. Torry Turnbow

    Oh my! My heart just over flowed! In all honesty, we discussed that it was May Day and they were determined to deliver flowers to Miss Gail, however we started our day in OKC and once home, mom and dad had a dinner to attend. With the hustle and bustle of the day, I completely forgot. When I returned home, the babysitter, although hesitantly, informed me of the delivery that was made. She somewhat nervously said to me, “they said they had to do it tonight”. I assured her it was fine and was actually thrilled they remembered!

    Thankful that my girls love a tradition that I cherished growing up and that we landed next door to another May Day believer 😉

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