When my brother and his fiance (now his wife of 17 years) selected May 1st for their wedding day, my parents simultaneously (and cheerfully) recited a rhyme from their college days.
“Hi, ho the first of May
Outdoor …. starts today!”
This the first time I had ever heard my mother utter that vulgar (her emphasis) word and I was shocked. Totally, and completely shocked.
But in my family there is a song or a rhyme for everything, and this was no different.
I was pleasantly reminded of this memory last night when I gathered with my brother and his family, my parents, and one of my Godmothers (yes, I have two, and they did an excellent job in spite of the fact that I am now an Atheist). My mother started with the traditional family anniversary song (I wasn’t kidding – song. for. everything.) and then both parents started to quip
“Hi, ho the first of May…”
But as my nieces (15 and 12) were in the room, they stopped there. Apparently you have to be 23 before my mother will say that word in front of you.
The beautiful day and relaxing evening were enough to convince me that Spring is, indeed, here. In spite of the very cold weather, the flowering tress are in beautiful, spectacular bloom and May has finally arrived.
So I need a new resolution.
Yes, I’ve finished my thesis. And I will submit my last ever graduate paper by the middle of next week. So no new goals related to school (yay!). I need something else. I have some top contenders, but I’m a bit stymied by my next eight days.
They look something like this:
South Carolina, South Carolina, South Carolina, Philadelphia, Ocean City (NJ), Vineland (NJ), Philadelphia, Lancaster, DC, Lancaster, HOME.
The packing enterprise for this trip included three separate suitcases and four different types of something-casual (semi-casual, business-casual, outdoor-casual, and club-casual) attire. (NOTE: I had to call a friend for advice on which of the outfits I have that fit me right now (ahem, thesis weight) actually meet the various criteria of these dress-codes. Pray for me.)
So, while I could just make my May resolution about being dressed appropriately for the next eight days, since it will certainly be hard enough for me, I would like to come up with something more meaningful or fun than that.
At present, the contenders are:
* Walk my dog every day.
I need to enjoy her while I can and we could both use the fresh air.
* Decide what trees/plants to add to the yard.
I keep talking about adding dogwoods and hydrangeas, but not doing it.
* Research and plan hikes and camping trips for the summer.
If they are planned, they are more likely to happen.
* Do a home inventory, schedule repairs and update my insurance.
This is something I need to do, but it may just be too responsible for the first month after I finished my thesis.
Which one will I choose? Probably none of these. It seems that my pattern is that I lean towards three to four top choices until the last-minute when I pick something completely different. And yes, I realize May has already begun, thank you very much. This is relaxed Shelby, here. The one who embraces the moment, goes with the flow, and does NOT get stressed about schedules and things like CALENDARS.
Shortly, assuming I haven’t died of embarrassment because I incorrectly wore close-toed heels to an outdoor casual event, I will let you all know what I’ve chosen.
Until then, have a gin-and-tonic for me. I’m going to need it.