My May Basket

One first morning in May years ago I was sitting in my study getting school lunch money ready when someone pulled the door shut. Then I heard a knocking at the door. I opened it, no one was there. Hanging on the door knob was a red construction paper basket filled with fresh wood hyacinths and apple blossoms. At first I suspected my May Day surprise was from my eight years old daughter. Then I heard giggling from around the corner, the unmistakable giggling of my six year old son. I grabbed him and thanked him profusely and gave him his May Day kiss, much to his delight.

He told me that they had made the baskets and learned about May Day the day before in school. He had eagerly awaited this morning, had crept out of the house to pick the flowers when I was distracted by morning routines, had eagerly anticipated my surprise and happiness at his gift. He was so proud. For many years after he would say to me on May first, "Mom, remember when I gave you the May Basket?"

He's a sophomore in college now.  The May Basket still hangs by a push pin from my study door, faded to a soft rose color, and every once in a while I'll find a little note or a flower tucked in it. He called this morning, and after the business portion of our conversation he asked once again, " Mom, remember the year I gave you the May Basket?".

Yes, Son. I remember it well.


datura datura
56-60, F
21 Responses May 1, 2009

Thanks for the comments everyone! I hope you all had a nice May Day! I think next year I too will put some May Baskets on doors of people who might need cheering up. How can you not smile at a cute little basket of flowers!

Beltane blessings! I just love seeing this story come up every year :) This year i made up a May day bucket :)

Very sweet story datura. I have never received or made a May basket, or done anything special for the day, but now I think I will :)

Be still my heart, this is so precious, merry May Day to a wonderful mother of a wonderful son. This is magickal~ :-)

Thank you, Hillbillycrone :-) And a Merry May Day to you!

Happy Beltane! My son has now graduated from college and my May Basket won't be filled today, but it still hangs on my study door bringing me smiles each time I look at it. Time marches on, but love and good memories remain!

You're welcome Cherry. Thank you for commenting. It gave me an excuse to read the story again. It always brings a big smile to my face and a warmness in my heart when I look at that May basket or think about it.

Lovely story, Datura. Thanks for sharing this beautiful, heartwarming memory with us :)

Happy Beltane, Trailguide! As you know, I will be attending a wedding where my daughter will be the lovely Matron of Honor for her lifelong best friend. Seems like a great way to celebrate this day :-)

This is such a sweet story...just had to read it again today :) Happy Beltane!

Thank you so much, Luda!

Lovely story I enjoyed it very much!

Thank you, LordVoldemort!<br />
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I like it when someone comments on this story because then I read it again and it brings joy and happiness to my heart too.

This is a great story, brings joy and happiness to my heart. Thank you very much for this story.

Someday when they are grown and have children of their own they will now how much we treasure these symbols of their love!<br />
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I've always had an appreciation for the teachers who come up with ideas and add the classroom time to their busy days so the students can create these gifts for mom and dad. I've received some really lovely and thoughtful things because a teacher took the time for the project. <br />
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One of my favorites was a reindeer face made of the footprint and handprints of my first grade child. The teacher had helpers come in to dip the kids hands and feet in poster paint to make the picture and then get them cleaned up. Now that's dedication!

Thank you for the story!<br />
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I still have a few things my son made me - one of them was a little wind chime - which I hung by my bedroom window to hear it every morning. A couple of years later they came up in conversation and it turns out he thought I didn't like them that much becuase of where I put them!! *gasp* This summer I'm going to put them out on the porch -- hoping he understands how much I cherish them! Wish me luck!! : )

Thank you so much SC!<br />
Fairies do live in my gardens, and I certainly believe in them, even sculpt and paint them. I pride myself on the fact that I never quite grew up.<br />
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I am very pleased that I have met you! I know you will enjoy EP. And I think you might be another Harriet the Spy like me!!!

What a beautiful story. Truly a great memory to cherish . Thank you for sharing it with us datura :)

Betty, your comment reminds me of Sara Teasdale's little poem.<br><br />
<br>The Coin<br><br />
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Into my heart's treasury<br><br />
I slipped a coin <br><br />
That time cannot take<br><br />
Nor a thief purloin, -- <br><br />
Oh better than the minting<br><br />
Of a gold-crowned king <br><br />
Is the safe-kept memory<br><br />
Of a lovely thing.

Thank you Max! If you were here i'd grab you and give you a May Day kiss!<br />
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Merry Beltaine to you as well Nan! I'm in my glory this time of year, surrounded by flowers and spending my days in nature.<br />
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Thank you, Aftermath. It's these memories that truly are priceless. Merry Beltaine to you, too!

Thank you, Datura, your story is priceles. Thank you for that gift you shared with us.

A charming story, Datura, thank you for sharing it.<br />
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A Merry Beltaine to you!