Thursday, May 3, 2012

Month of May

 The name of this month is derived from the French word, “Mai”.
Maia is the Goddess of Spring.  She is supposed to be the daughter
of Faunas, one of the oldest Roman deities and the wife of Vulcan.
The name, Maia means “the great one.”

There are numerous legends and myths about Birthstone healing powers and their
therapeutic influence.  According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its
assigned month heightened healing powers.  For the full effect, individuals needed
to own all twelve and alternate them monthly.

Birthstone ~ emerald
Flower ~ lily of the valley

Noteworthy Days

May 13 ~ Mother's Day (second Sunday in the month) is a celebration
 honouring Mothers and a celebration of motherhood and maternal bonds
and the influence of mothers in society. 

May 19 ~ Armed Forces Day (United States) is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday
of the month.  The day was created in 1949 to honour Americans serving in the
five US military branches:  the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
                  Canada's Armed Forces Day is celebrated the 1st Sunday in June.

May 21 ~ Victoria Day is celebrated annually on the Monday preceding May 25.
Victoria Day is a statutory holiday in Canada that commemorates the Birthdays of
ruling British Monarchs including the current Queen.  Although each Monarch's
actual Birth Dates varied, this holiday was established as overall recognition of
the sovereigns' Birthdays.

May 24 was Queen Victoria's Birthday (1819 to June 22, 1901), living to be
93 years of age.  She reigned as Queen from June 20, 1837 to January 1901
(64 years)...the longest reign in British history.
She was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 
She became the first Empress of India on May 1, 1876. 
Any British monarch rules from London, England.

May 28 ~ Memorial Day (US) is observed on the last Monday of May.
It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorated all men and
women who died in military service for the United States. Many people
visit cemeteries and memorials on this day.

May Musings

The wind is tossing the lilacs;
The new leaves laugh in the sun;
And the petals fall on the orchard wall
But for me, the spring is done!

Beneath the apple blossoms
I go a wintry way...
For love that smiled in April
Is false to me in May.

(Sarah Teasdale)

                                                                A swarm of bees in May
                                                                Is worth a load of hay;
                                                                A swarm of bees in June
                                                                Is worth a silver spoon.
                                                                A  swarm of bees in July
                                                                Is not worth a fly.

(Rhyme from England)

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“Pearl of Wisdom”
Yesterday is Ashes.
Tomorrow is Wood.
Only today does the Fire burn brightly!

(Eskimo Proverb)

Merle Baird-Kerr . . . composed April 29, 2012
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  1. Merle,

    May is a beautiful month... Spring really does arrive ! Here is a song I used to sing to my boys when they were young...I am sure some will remember it...

    "While strolling through the park one day
    In the merry merry month of May
    I was taken by surprise
    By a pair of roguish eyes
    In the merry merry month of May"

    Enjoy Nature's Rebirth !


  2. A beautiful little ditty...I recall it also. Thanks for the reminder...that Spring really is Nature's Rebirth! I love to see the numerous shades of greens as the trees and shrubs
    dress themselves for our enjoyment through to late autumn.