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The Days of May

Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 1:51 PM

May has arrived and we never know what to expect as far as the weather is concerned in our area of the world. It can be wet, it can be dry, it can be windy, it can be cool or hot. Hopefully we will get to enjoy a good transition between the cold and hot. We can take a little break from the heaters to the air conditioners and raise the windows if the sand is not blowing.

A few days last week I felt like I was in the dust bowl we read about in history books. They were not good days for open windows.

May is always a busy month with graduation days, end of school activities, Mother's Day, ballgames and other activities.

The poem tells us April showers bring May flowers, but I really don't think we had many showers in April. In spite of that, the flowers are beautiful. As I am driving the colorful flowers catch my attention. Every time I see a snowball bush in full bloom, I think of my Grandma Chipman. She loved her snowball bushes. When I see rose bushes blooming, I think of my Grandma Opal. She loved red roses. They both loved to work in flower beds and grow vegetable gardens.

I did not inherit their green thumbs. I have to enjoy the handiwork of others.

Some of the May activities include Mother's Day coming up on May 13; Buffalo Island Central High School Baccalaureate services on Mother's Day at 2 p.m. at the MAC; BIC graduation May 17 at 7 p.m.; Manila graduation on May 14, and Riverside graduation on May 11.

We can get take a little breather with the end of the school year and Memorial Day on May 28.

As I said, May is a busy month and most (like me) probably didn't even know how busy it really is. I was reading about the month of May and discovered a little trivia, such as: May is National Barbecue Month, National Bike Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Hamburger Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment Month, National Salad Month, Date Your Mate Month, Foster Care Month and Older Americans Month.

Weekly celebrations include: Nurse's Week - first week of month; Wildflower Week - week two; National Bike Week - third week; National Police Week - third week of month, and Emergency Medical Services Week - fourth week of month.

I know where the "regular" holidays come from, but all of these other events made me wonder. Who decides all of these special days? Is there someone who just throws a dart at the calendar and decides which days are going to be special or which month would be a good time for a salad month. Why is there one day better for Older Americans than another?

I do good to remember anniversaries, birthdays and Fourth of July, so I don't need to start trying to add more holidays to think about and plan for.

Not only the month or the week, I found every day has one to four events or celebrations for the day.

Most of us know May 1 is May Day, but did you know it is also Loyalty Day, Mother Goose Day and Save the Rhino Day? May 2 is Baby Day, Brothers and Sisters Day, Lumpy Rug Day and World Press Freedom Day. May 19 is Armed Forces Day.

I could go every day for May, but I think you get the idea. May is a busy month.

Probably if you remember Mother's Day on May 13 and Memorial Day on May 28 you will be okay.

I did have a favorite day on the list of May days. It is May 6--No Diet Day. My kind of day.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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