By Caroline Clemmons
Besides flowers, May stirs memories. One is of May Day. Did you celebrate May Day on May 1st?
When I was in kindergarten through the second grade, we lived in Bakersfield, California. I think I was in the first grade when we made construction paper baskets and filled them with paper flowers. I recall putting the blue (my favorite color) basket on the front porch near the door. I knocked and hid, giggling at my stealth and my surprise gift.
Mom opened the door and picked up the basket. At the time, I thought her serious when she pretended to be puzzled.
“My goodness, who could have left this lovely basket of flowers for me?”
She stood on the porch and gazed around the yard, as if failing to notice me peeking around the corner of our house.
“I’ll take them inside and save them.”
Still giggling, I jumped out. “It was me, I made it for you.”
Mom kept the pretense going. “I had no idea you could make a basket and flowers.”
One more pleasant memory of a loving mom. In addition to May Day, it brings to mind that Mother's Day is only a week from today.
Happy May! Happy Mother’s Day!