Thursday, May 1, 2008

Happy May Day!

I love May Day! Its the promise that spring is here, the sun has warmed the earth, that God has awakened us, new and fresh, from the cold dark days of winter. May Day, it feels like revival!

I love the May Day tradition of leaving baskets of flowers on the door steps of those you love. I remember when I was just a little girl, my mom would help my sisters and I fix up little May Day baskets for our neighbors and family members. Sometimes they would be tiny little straw baskets that my mom or grandmother had picked up from somewhere, other times I can remember making the little baskets from construction paper. We would line the baskets with fresh grass, picked by little hands right out of our back yard. Then we would add fresh picked flowers, whatever was in bloom, from my mom and grandmother's garden. My maternal grandmother always lived with us, and she was an incredible gardener. I remember rows of rose bushes, full, fragrant, and colorful. I remember iris, and day lillies, and dahlia. And my daddy's azalea bushes, full of pink and white blooms in spring. But as a child, what I loved best were the tiny little wild violets that grew at the bottom of our backyard, under the shade of the big oaks. I thought those were the most beautiful little flowers. My sisters and I would play down there for hours, imagining ourselves as princesses, or orphans who lived in the woods with all the friendly animals (our ducks and cats and dogs played that part well).

Yes, May Day meant summer was just around the corner, the flowers were in bloom, and soon we would be swimming in our neighbor's small lake. And, May Day meant sharing that joy with neighbors and loved ones, in the form of sharing beauty. Celebrate!

My lover spoke and said to me, "Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come; the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me."
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
This is what I long to hear from the One who loves me.


sheila said...

oh, I see by your header that summer can come none too soon for you :)

and your quote of the passage from Song of Solomon reminds of the name Winterpast from our favourite books :) (or did Karon spell it Winter Past?)

Cathy said...

Happy May Day to you too!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comments. I really have enjoyed reading your May Day post about your grandmother and all the flowers that she raised. My grandmother visited amongst her five children so we had a couple of months a year with her. I always looked forward to her visits, but it must have been wonderful to have your grandmother living in your home.

Love the scripture and that you put it all in..."Arise, come" is almost the best part!

Julie said...

What beautiful memories, you have, from your childhood! I know that you cherish them!

Hope the weather is treating you kindly, today. We had a pretty bad time of it, last night, I'm afraid that it could be coming your way.
Stay safe!

Many Blessings,

kathi said...

Hello Rebecca,

I always smile when I see you've stopped by for a visit. I drop by often to visit you and I end up re-reading some of your old posts, I just enjoy you very much.

Your maternal grandmother sounds wonderful, how nice to have grown up with her living with you :), priceless I'm sure.

In Minnesota we wouldn't have many flowers around May first but I do remember wild violets, I don't see them much any more.

Beautiful verses from the Song of Solomon!

I pray your May is full of beauty!

Kathi :)

minnesota kathi said...

Hello Rebecca,

You've been in my thoughts and prayers this week. I hope you're enjoying your new adventures! :)

I saw on the weather this morning there is terrible storms in store for you today, I pray for your safety.

May our Lord bless you this Mother's Day!

Kathi :)

Is the jasmine blooming? or is it time for those wonderful magnolia's yet? I can almost smell both of them from memory.