May is my favorite month of the year as it heralds in summer days by the pool, long evenings, and our traditional Memorial Day trip with family. It is also my birthday month and although I have been celebrating the anniversary of my 39th year for well over a decade now, this past year has brought into perspective how fortunate I am to be alive and healthy.
May also marks the anniversary of my move to the USA – a happy event twelve years ago.
The month of May is named for the Greek goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants and is also from the Latin word maiores, or “ancestors” or “forefathers”, who were celebrated during this month. Maia was also considered a nurturer and an earth goddess and is also associated with fertility.
May’s birth flower is the Lily of the Valley, and I am fortunate that my birthstone is the emerald which is not only beautiful but also represents love or success.
May is a month in demand as there are literally dozens of organizations and movements which have planted their flag for a day, week, or month of recognition. Many of these are good causes, such as National Stroke Awareness Month, Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and National Small Business Week. But some are about fun, sun and frivolity.
The Kentucky Derby runs on the first Saturday in May, and on May 4 we also have Star Wars Day; May the Fourth be with you is the catchphrase of this unofficial holiday celebrating the famous movie franchise (get it?). Then of course comes Cinco…