I remember making small May Day baskets one year in elementary school…maybe it was the first grade? Little containers filled with flowers, brought home to adorn my neighbor’s door, secretly of course. The anxiety over not getting caught as I slipped the ribbon over the door knob of my unsuspecting recipient was quite exhilarating. At least it is when your six.
I also placed one on our front door for my mom. I think I told her to stay inside so I could execute my plan. She’d never guess what I was up to, since she obviously didn’t see me carry home cones of flowers. Carefully putting my creation on the knob, I rang the bell, hid nearby and watched. I’m sure her surprise to my lovely gift was genuine when she open the door in delight.
I remember feeling so excited and proud to have pulled off my mission with success! It was my first taste of the joy that comes with giving, and being anonymous made it even more sweet. May Day baskets are like an old school rendition of today’s “Random Act of Kindness” gestures, isn’t it?
Giving May Day baskets on May 1st is such a delightful tradition that has fallen by the wayside, here in the States anyway. I think it should definitely make a comeback.
“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale