Happy May Day everyone! I’m just getting this post in under the wire for May Day–meaning its practically May 2nd! May Day (May 1st) is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and in many cultures, a traditional spring holiday. It summons up images of maypoles and flower wreaths and the grateful knowledge that spring is in full bloom. And it reminds me of those things too, but for me, May 1st always reminds me of a boy I went to grade school with, because May 1st was his birthday. It’s funny, but even 30 odd years later I still remember most of my elementary classmates birthdays. Maybe it’s because we were a small community and even smaller school but when you celebrate someone’s birthday 12 years in a row, you tend to remember when several of them are!
My second child, Timothy, is named after that quiet boy I went to school with, with the May 1st birthday. We weren’t really close friends, but he was always nice to me. He was nice and respectful and quiet. For twelve years. That boy was in my kindergarten class; that boy was in my Junior year physics class. When others whipped and turned in a tide of teen angst, peer pressure and cliques, this boy was just always nice to everyone–with no fanfare. It did not go unnoticed.
Nowadays, people can’t do one good deed without posting it on facebook. But to be kind always. To do the right thing always. To do it quietly. There is such an integrity in that. And that is something worth celebrating…
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