Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day . . . May Day. . .

 It's the Merry Month of May

In the merry month of May
When green leaves begin to spring,
Little lambs do skip like fairies,
Birds do couple, build and sing

And while the whole month of May may be merry,
it's May First
The day of the

May pole.

Our grade school had one . . . or a pole which may have been something else the other 364 days of the year
but on May first, it became the Official May Pole
And we danced around it.

It was an exciting day for a child!

And when we came home from school
With friends . . . always with friends
Mother would have the strawberry baskets that she had saved from last year
And scraps of paper and ribbon
And we would make baskets out of them
And go out in the garden and collect flowers
for the baskets.

And baskets with flowers would be taken to the neighbors.
Put on their doorstep while we rang the bell
And then ran and hid.

You weren't suppose to give the flowers
but merely to leave them.

No one was to know who the gave the gift of the flowers!

As a grade schooler, May first was always a much anticipated day!

Happy May Day
to all my friends

I wish I had a basket of flowers for each of you!


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

A lovely memory! We left May flowers too, but rolled paper into a cone shape with a paper handle, and put the flowers in that and hung them from the door handle of neighbor's houses. My daughters did this a few times, but I think I never received one. Our houses are too far apart, alas. But a sweet memory.

Entertaining Women said...

My May Day experiences were much the same as yours. We always made 'pockets' with handles to hang on the doors of neighbors...filled with garden flowers. Sweet memories...thanks for the jogging my mind. Cherry Kay

On Crooked Creek said...

What an adorable post, dear friend!!!
I must make a note to do May Day Baskets for our #9 neighbors in our cul~de~sac for 2014!!!