May Day Memories – Another Way to Show Compassion

My two daughters also carried out this tradition when they were little. We would get up early, usually a school day, and drive to friends’ houses, drop of the basket, ring the doorbell, and drive away. It was a little different than my childhood where there were other children in the neighborhood. In my adult life I occasionally will drop off or send baskets, flower or cards, to friends on May Day. It’s such a warm feeling bringing sunshine, flowers, spring and joy to people you love. That’ what compassion is about!

May Day, as with many holidays, was rooted in agriculture. It is a great day to exercise my overall passion, “Cultivate Compassion in Children.” Children love making and putting together baskets. Then of course, it’s really exciting dropping them off, ringing the doorbell, and running away, without getting into trouble!

Maypoles were also a part of May Day. In Germany and Austria, the maypole was a decorated tree trunk, dating back to the 16th century. The maypole dance, a ceremonial fold dance was performed around this tree or pole that is garnished in greens and flowers and hung with ribbons. The ribbons were woven into patters by dancers. We participated in one of these maypole event when our girls were young. It was held in Golden, Colorado. Look it up in your area. It’s beautiful and fun.

May Day is a couple days away. Share here what traditions you may start or continue to do. It’s a bit scary particularly in the US right now so ringing a doorbell and running away may  not be the smartest move unless you know for sure you have the right house!

Sonja Wendt

Enhancing children’s sensitivity in human interactions one story at a time.

Sonja Wendt

Author and Intergenerational Reading & Seeding Cultivator

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