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May 2018

“You are welcome as the flowers in May” Charles Macklin

Edwin Way Teale

I love the month of May

It is the month my favourite bush a Ceanothus blossoms. Once this happens, I know Spring is truly here and summer is on its way. My Ceanothus has just blossomed. During the next couple of weeks, the buds will open more and gradually become a deep blue. 
The month of May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility. May Day was originally a pagan feast and goes back to ancient times. Romans celebrated the festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers and spring, Celtic people celebrated the festival of Beltane to acknowledge the onset of summer. Over the centuries it has been adapted to different beliefs.
The Maypole
I heard that dancing around the maypole is a celebration of the masculine and feminine. Early maypoles may have been trees. Dancing around a tree, a group of people holding ribbons wove around each other wrapping the tree (later a Maypole) in ribbon and foliage. The aim was to bring fertility to the livestock, land and people who were living off it.
Morris Dancing
Another celebration to symbolise fertility is Morris Dancing which has been danced for hundreds of years, in villages of rural England. 
May Queens
The crowning of the May Queen is a modern version of festivities going back to Roman times when people dedicated the festivities to Flora, the Goddess of flowers and spring. 
This is a photo of our mother when she was a May Queen aged eleven years in 1922. 
World Laughter Day 

“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing. My soul probably looks like Fred Astaire.” 

Jarod Kintz
Around the world in early May, usually the first weekend, hundreds of thousands of people get together to celebrate world laughter, sending a huge wave of laughter and positivity around the globe!
They say laughter is a smile with the volume turned up.
Here is a smiling poem we sometimes recite at Laughter and Relaxation Sessions-
Smiling is infectious you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I walked around the corner, and someone saw 
me grin. 
When he smiled, I realised I had passed it on to him. 
I thought about the smile and then I realised its worth.
A single smile like mine could travel round the earth.
So, when you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected, 
Let’s start an epidemic and get the world infected. Author unknown

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“In the midst of change, we often discover wings we never knew we had.”
Ekaterina Walter

Have a great month.

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