The Merry Month of May

Kait LeonardBy Kait Leonard

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The Merry Month  of May
Left: Let’s revive the tradition of giving May Baskets to our neighbors.
Remember the May Day tradition of leaving baskets of flowers on neighbors’ porches? I propose reviving the May Basket and maybe celebrating some of the month’s other special days. After delivering May baskets, jump into National Mother Goose Day on May 1st. It’s a time to reread the stories from our childhood and share them with the children in our lives. To go with Mother Goose rhymes, add refreshments because it’s is also Lemonade Day and Chocolate Parfait Day. On the 2nd we get National Brothers and Sisters Day and more reading with the start of Children’s Book Week. May 3rd gets spooky with National Paranormal Day, but we need to ghost hunt with Two Different Colored Shoes because it’s their day. The week winds down with National No Pants Day on the 6th, when you’ll need something to help erase those images, so celebrate National Beer Pong Day and National Homebrew Day on the 7th. The second week kicks off with National Butterscotch Brownie Day and Lost Sock Memorial Day on the 9th. On the 11th, combine Eat What You Want Day and Twilight Zone Day. I’m picturing a pajama party with streaming reruns and lots of food delivery. Who’s in? On May 12th, enjoy National Nutty Fudge Day (not to be confused with National Fudge Day on June 16th). To end the week, we have National Dance Like a Chicken Day and National Miniature Golf Day on the 14th. (I still can’t get through that little windmill!) Admit it, at some point you wanted Sea Monkeys. Well, take heart because May 16th is National Sea Monkey Day. Sea Monkeys are Artemia salina, the most loveable brine shrimp ever. The craze started in 1957, when mail-order marketer, Harold Von Braunhut, fell under the spell of the Artemia salina. He partnered with Marine biologist Anthony D’Agostino, and they created a mix of nutrients and chemicals that supported the growth of the little monkeys in tap water. The beloved sea monkey took off. In fact, the twitchy little love bug skyrocketed into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. You can still get The Original Sea-Monkeys at sea-monkeys.com. The month concludes with pudding. Who doesn’t love pudding? May 22nd is National Vanilla Pudding Day. Vanilla only, please. Chocolate gets June 26th and Butterscotch rules on September 19th. May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day. (It’s also Escargot Day, but yuck.) We can tap dance on the 25th and fold and fly paper airplanes on the 26th. The 27th is National Road Trip Day, and the 29th is Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day. You might want to try this one. It’s supposed to bring prosperity and good fortune. This lighthearted month ends with smiles all around. The 31st is National Smile Day. If none of the other celebrations called your name (Come on! Not even the Sea Monkeys?) be sure to join in with a smile. Right now, we need as much cheer as we can get. Merry May to you all!
Below: May 16th is National Sea Monkey Day.
Kait Leonard

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