Monday, May 1, 2017


Hooray- Hooray
It's Finally May!

I was born late in my father's life.
He was 53 when I was born-his first child.
That meant that I grew up with cousins
that were almost a full generation older than I was.

So, by the time I was six or so,
my older cousins were driving.
On the first of May they would come,
along with my Aunt Bessie,
who never drove a car in her life,
and we would drive a few miles to 
a lightly wooded area
where we would pick
Today I know that they were simply 
in pretty pastel colors.

Oh- How I loved MAY DAY
They spread before us in the woods on leggy stems.
We would pick big bunches to bring home
where we would plop them in jelly jar vases.
Then, Aunt Bessie would give us each 
a slice of fresh baked bread
slathered with butter 
and homemade strawberry jam.

I would go home full and happy,
with my hands clutched full of wildflowers.
I would be smiling when I entered the back door to
our farmhouse as the screen door slapped shut behind me.

My brother, Charlie, who is 
smiling down from Heaven,
had a special poem

It went like this:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I thought I was ugly
Until I saw you.

Yes- Oh- the fond memories 
that take me back to childhood.
I would stick my tongue out at him and set my
on the counter
to celebrate the
loud and clear

Did you know that if you shout MAYDAY
three times in a row it is 
the international signal of distress?
Be careful-
You know what THAT means, don't you?
You may get someone that looks like 
THIS coming to your rescue!

Just never you mind Kris, Junk Chic Cottage,
you got your OWN fireman!

Happy May Day!
your photo name


Karen said...

Those are precious memories of May. I have fond memories of cousins and sister and brother, even the teasing!!

Wanda said...

Thank you for your memories of May Day....mine are similar with the exception that I also get to celebrate my birthday on May Day and got the middle name Mae to remind me.

We use to put flowers in paper baskets and hang on doorknobs of the neighbors, ring and bell and run as fast as we could...and watch from behind a bush when they opened the door and looked so surprised and happy. Good memories.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

What lovely memories of a sweet childhood spring day, Diana! Today is also my parents' 52nd wedding anniversary, we will be celebrating this Saturday along with 2 family birthdays and Mothers''s not easy getting everyone together in one place any more!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What wonderful memories!!

LV said...

One thing they cannot take away is memories. Unless, we get that terrible problem. Some of mine, would rather not remember. Trust all is well with your family.

Nonnie said...

What wonderful memories of May I was enjoying ... there for a few minutes anyway. Until I read your funny poem! Lol! I know you miss your teasing brother. My mother used to tell us that they actually went around the May Pole when she was a little girl. Your flowers are pretty and that bread and jam look so delicious. I like May especially because it is the month I was born in. May is a great time to have a birthday. And I have one of those firemen dudes. I did yell May Day this morning at the dentist. Ouchee was wah!

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

I've got the purple and white violets growing in my yard. Guess I didn't realize those were the mayflowers....good to remember the good memories, bad ones, not so good. I like that fireman too. MAYDAY...MAYDAY!!!!!

Susie said...

haha Diana, I thought of Terry as soon as I saw that fireman.LOL I love the story of the violet picking and the nice snack of butter and strawberry jam. Your brother , sounds like my brothers. Anything to torment us sisters. I loved seeing all the violets. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

Anonymous said...

Such sweet memories. Simple times shared together. I know you miss Charlie very much.
Wishing you a nice evening. We have sunshine after the rain this evening.

My Grama's Soul said...

Happy May Day to you Diana.....loved your post about traditions and what you remember from YOUR May Day;s when you were little. When I was a girl we would make May Baskets out of construction paper and fill them with little notes or flowers or candies...whatever we had on hand....then we would go to all our neighbors and hang these little baskets on their door and ring the bell and run and hide...just to see the look of surprise on their faces when they found these little gifts. Ahhhhh....memories.



Pom Pom said...

Ha ha ha! Oh brothers. They aren't afraid to hurt our feelers. Good thing we were tough.
I think I need some jam and bread.

Missy George said...

Happy May Day..That post was full of sweet memories...Yes, Sweet

Hibiscus House said...

I'm smiling and laughed out loud a few times as well! Only you could write about a dear loved one gone and make us laugh with something he said to you!!! You make me want to say May Day May Day!!! Happy May Day!

Hibiscus House said...

Precious memories for sure with your Aunt and cousins!

Vee said...

Some families are a tough crowd. You have happy memories of May Day. Do you have real Mayflowers? I would love to find a patch again...such a wonderful scent.

Connie said...

As I read your childhood memories many of mine came scurrying back into my mind. May Day was very special when I was a child, but I think that those simple joys are not a part of the lives of most children today. Oh, I had an Aunt Bessie, too. You don't hear that name much.
Have a wonderful day.
Connie :)

Kathy @ Smile for no Reason said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories! May Day...May Day...May Day...Nope Lol!!!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Oh my goodness, Diana! You have me in stitches. Well now, it just might be worth yelling mayday for that! ;)

Rose L said...

May...hopefully will have better weather! I always would call Violets Pansies when I was a kid! My neighbors had them but mom and dad had lots of roses and a banana tree.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I love your sweet post today, Diana! Your Aunt Bessie sounds so sweet. You have featured so many different violets--so colorful and just as charming as they can be. So did the fireman show up after your declaration of May Day? ♥

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a very sweet story...Happy May Day!...and yes, Kris already has her "hunky fireman"!!!

Renee said...

That was such a sweet story. We had a yard full of the little wild purple violets. They are so pretty when they are blooming but tend to want to take over everything :) including my flower beds.

Donna said...

Hubba hubba on the hunky fireman! May Day used to be a big deal. I think we made May baskets. Sweet story about your Aunt Bessie...simple activities like that with loved ones are the most memorable. Changing the subject entirely, I talked to my Alana today and her husband Chris's best friend since elementary school has been put in hospice care. He had colon cancer, they thought he would be okay and it came back with a vengeance in his lungs and brain. In his mid-40's, he has a wife and preteen daughter. Life doesn't behave the way we think it ought. xoxo

Linda said...

Love this Diana...made me think of my late brother💕
Think I'll go outside in the morning, and grab a bunch of Violet's to bring inside.
Linda :o)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love of my favorite months of the year. Lots of birthdays this month to celebrate. Love reading your memories. We have so much to be thankful for. Sweet hugs, Diane

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Happy May Day! Oh how I love that story about you as a child. And your brother did what brothers do best..tease their siblings. Lol! Now I really want some toast and jam. Have you ever heard of saying the word "Rabbit" on the first of the month? It's supposed to bring you good luck all month long. I say it out loud on the first of every month. :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Sweet memories! The fireman is a hottie...makes me want to shout May Day! Well, on second thought maybe not...our firemen aren't that cute. lol! Happy May to you!

20 North Ora said...

Precious memories. Sounds like a perfect May Day, May Day, May Day!!! LOL

Have a great week.


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Diana, such sweet memories, which triggered a few of mine. We would pick flowers and make a May poll and dance around the poll. It had ribbons hanging down. Great memories. If I said that three times would I get the hunkie fireman????????

Have fun my sweet friend.


Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Violets are so pretty. They just look happy! I didn't realize there were so many colors. Nancy

amazingsusan said...

Forget about the flowers. I'll have the firefighter please :P

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Red Rose Alley said...

Red Rose AlleyMay 1, 2017 at 8:54 PM

What a wonderful story about you and your Aunt Bessie, Diana. She sounds like such a fun aunt. I smiled when you said she gave you a slice of bread and butter and jam because I just made myself a piece of toast, slathered with butter and blackberry jam, with a cold glass of milk hehehehe. Love the story of the May flowers, and I'm glad you love May as much as I do. What a cute poem by your brother. I know you miss him so.

love, ~Sheri

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That's a typical poem from a brother! This is what my brother wrote in my autograph book 50 years ago --

"If I had your picture,
I'd treat it very nice.
I'd hang it in the barn
To scare away the mice."

Happy May Day!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Brothers! I had two older ones and had to wear their hand-me-down wide striped T-shirts in the summer. To this day, I hate wide striped T-shirts.

Chatty Crone said...

What beautiful memories and such a sweet poem (lol). The flowers were beautiful and the bread - I could taste it! sandie

God's Grace Overflows said...

What great treasured memories! The flowers and family are precious! That poem...only brothers could get away with those! ;)
Our snow is melting and now we have mud! Trees need to be trimmed...maybe I'll call a fireman! Ha! ;)

I hope you have a delightful week my friend!

Hugs, Amy

Jann Olson said...

May Day, May Day, May Day! Where's my fireman? lol!! What a fabulous tradition with your sweet Aunt. Is it just a coincidence that I baked bread today and have homemade strawberry jam in my fridge? :) I adore Violets and they are so sweet in the little jars!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Cute post, Diana. Sweet, too. Big brothers just love to tease little sisters. I think it's a rule. Happy May Day! xo

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Jeannette said...

Hello Nana Diana. What a lovely post for today. Sweet memories. It's so great to be reading your posts again. JEANNETTE'S JOY

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Oh how I love wildflowers, but I never pick them. They are there to be enjoyed and free from from grabbing hands.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, those are sweet memories, Diana! Love the pretty violets - and the poem, too :) I never had a brother to tease me - just a bunch of pesky little sisters. xx Karen

Blondie's Journal said...

Great memories, Diana! The idea of butter and jam on homemade bread has me craving it!! Te poem by your brother---I was expecting something really sweet. Ha!

I love love a man in uniform. Do you ever watch Chicago Fire? Oh, Taylor could turn me into a mean cougar in a minute!

Jane xx

Karen Ann said...

Oh I love the story... :-) We have those little flowers in the cedar forest, I just buried one of my favorite chickens who died of old age among them.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I love that story, Diana! Especially the simple joys it describes. Fresh bread with strawberry jam. Picking violets. Teasing older brothers. Thank you. -Jenn

Junkchiccottage said...

LOL Hmmmmm is is wrong to want to have two fireman come to your May Day rescue?!!! So sweet. Love the poem from Charlie. Super cute and uplifting post to read today my friend.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Sweet memories, Diana. I'll be thinking about bread and strawberry jam all day! xoxo, T.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Awww I loved your childhood memories, Diana, and I smiled at the one of your dear Beloved Brother.
I will include in my prayers those who need them, from your previous post. Thank you for sharing the requests.
Happy May to you!!

Shirley said...

Good Morning Diana, Beautiful sunshine today and warmer weather after all of he rain. Your May Day post made me think of when the kids were little they made May Day Baskets than put their violets in them. I have enjoyed catching up with you today. I am taking a break drinking my cup of hot tea and doing some reading here. Hope all is well. Take care Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend Shirley

Estelle's said...

Diana...what heartwarming memories! Happy May Day for sure! Your post was full of love and joy! Thank you!

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

What a lovely walk down Memory Lane! And don't you just love brothers? Mine was very much like that. I miss him. How wonderful that God gave your daddy the blessing of YOU in his later years.

Kim said...

Ha! I remember those days of teasing and being teased. It was not so fun at the time, but we laugh about it today and love recalling those memories. Neither one of my grandmothers drove and neither did the aunts on the dad's side. Funny, I hadn't thought about that in a long time.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Beautiful memories. And so beautifully written!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Beautiful flowers. May day is lovely. Such a cute story of your brother and that poem. You are such a special lady. Lots of love to you. xo

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Cute...and happy May Days to you!

Lisa said...

Cute story! I can picture a bratty brother saying that. I had two of them!!!

Lorrie said...

Such a sweet story. How lovely to have violets growing wild like that. Brothers can be real pains, but we love them anyway. I'm sure Charlie would be smiling at this post.

Debby Ray said...

Oh Dianna, what a fabulous post! I just loved seeing those little violets that popped under the water house when I was a little girl...precious, precious memories they conjure up for you AND for me as well. I can almost taste that homemade bread and butter with the strawberry jam right this minute. Gotta go now...even though May Day is over, I'm gonna go shout it out now and see who shows up! LOL!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What fun memories of May Day? My aunts like to make May Day flower bouquets too, its a tradition I need to do myself, but never have. We have quite a few violets starting to bloom here, but they are not tall enough yet to put into a jar or vase. I will gather some when they are though! So happy we are finally into May! Our flowers and trees here are just about to burst forth into bloom, and that is so exciting :) Hugs to you today!

Donna said...

What sweet memories, Diana! Violets are my all time favorite flower. When I was little I would walk to the woods behind our house and pick handfuls of them. To a little farm girl, it was one big adventure! They still always bring a smile to my face:) Hope you are doing well, I miss you!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a lovely memory of May day for you! I have never celebrated such a nice occasion but since reading different blog posts on it, it seems I have to try next year!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Your May Day memories are truly special ones, Diana! Like AnnMarie, above me, I've never celebrated May Day either (does shopping for spring clothes count?).