Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

Mothers…take advantage of this old time May 1st tradition while teaching your children to respect the elderly.

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Mayday! Mayday! How many times have we seen those words used when someone was in serious need of assistance? Perhaps a plane was in danger of crashing or a ship or boat was sinking. But there’s another meaning to the word Mayday, a meaning rarely mentioned or practiced today.

Like many of our modern holidays, Mayday evolved from a heathen ritual into a celebration of spring with the added bonus of bringing happiness to others. My intention is not to promote the heathen side of this ancient holiday, but the tradition it had evolved into when I was a child.

For my family, Mayday was a special day to honor the elderly who lived in our neighborhood. My favorite memories of this day were making cones out of construction paper, placing a few pieces of candy in…

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