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May Day circa 1950s
-- making a little cone-shaped flower holder out of construction paper
-- adding a 12 inch strip of paper handle for hanging it up
-- gathering some little flowers from your mom's garden (with permission)
-- tiptoeing to your favorite neighborhood elderly widow's doorstep
-- placing the "May basket" on her door knob
-- knocking on the door
-- and quickly running away
Somehow, you and your friends managed to hide in the bushes and watch as she opened the door, to smile as she discovered your lovely surprise. Gifts given with no thought of recognition or reward are the most heart-felt, wouldn't you say?
All of this was done, my dear grandchildren, under the heading of "good deeds to others" which were done on "MAY DAY" -- the 1st of May every year during my childhood.
Happy family tree climbing!