#7 - Celebrating May Day
When I attended P.S. 35 in Staten Island, the first day of May was a big deal.
The older kids got to do the Maypole, which impressed me to no end.
Little Dutch Dance
The first graders had to perform a little Dutch dance, which I vaguely remember.
What I remember more vividly, is how my headband, covered in flowers and ribbons, fell over my eyes. Being a rule follower, I did as I was told and didn't let go of my partner's hands. I danced blindly and hoped no one would notice. You can tell which girl is me, in the photo. I was mortified when I discovered my mom had a photo to capture the memory.
So on this May Day, I had no options for a Maypole dance. I could have asked Don to dance with me, but instead I decided to make a May Basket, just as I would have done decades ago.
I used to love the yearly ritual, when children made little paper baskets and filled them with candies and "flowers" pulled from the yard. We delivered them to our friends' houses and knocked on the door before running away. If caught we would be kissed.
So I made a little basket for my neighbor, Lorrie. It was pretty similar to the baskets I made with cupcake liners and yarn, as a 6 year old. I placed the tiny surprise near her doormat and rang the bell. I didn't exactly run home. Instead, I strolled home texting a bit of an explanation. Sigh... I can't believe I allowed technology to get involved with my May Day fun!
7/26/2019 11:32:02 am
I also attended PS 35 from 1969-1972 and remember May Day. Thanks so much for sharing.
7/26/2019 12:51:18 pm
Daivd, thanks so much for letting me know! I absolutely love hearing from people who have even the tiniest connection to my memories. I only went to PS 35 in first grade. (teacher- Mrs. Clemmons and principal - Mr. Miller) My family moved from Iowa to NY for the one year my dad had sabbatical. It was the school year of 1963-64, so I never moved to the higher grades to do the Maypole. Did you? If I would have continued through 6th grade, I guess I would have just missed you. I would have finished in spring of 69 and you probably started in fall of that year.
4/8/2021 12:41:22 pm
Not sure if you're still actively blogging but I just came across this post and wanted to say that I also attended P.S. 35. Maybe even in the same class as you. I know I had Mrs. Clemmons for first-grade and I think it was 1963. Anyway, the maypole photo brought back memories. I remember doing that and being so scared of screwing it up. LOL.
4/9/2021 03:38:27 pm
Hi Janet! This is so incredibly fun that you ran across this write up! I was in first grade in the fall of 1963, the fall when JFK died. Was that first grade for you? Even if we were a year apart, I find it so thrilling to think we had the same teacher! Do you remember "hanky checks"? We had to bring a handkerchief and show it in the morning. Do you remember having to stand and curtsy when the principal came into our class? I only went to PS 35 for one year, so my memories are only of first grade. Please shoot me an email if you want. I would love to find out more! Thanks so much for sharing! And I'm jealous that you got to do the Maypole!! lol!
6/3/2021 09:19:09 am
Hi, I just came across this post looking for an image of the PS 35 logo (my son is graduating 5th grade and looking to put the image on the cake). Anyway, wanted you to know that from my understanding the exact same maypole is used in the now annual June Dance Fete (the school doesn't have a May Dance anymore) the 5th graders have the honor of dancing and winding the ribbons around the pole. Unfortunately due to Covid they aren't having the Dance Fate this year. Thanks for the pictures you posted, love looking at images from the past. 😊 Liz
6/5/2021 12:38:48 pm
Liz, thanks so much for sharing! Congratulations to your son for graduating 5th grade! I applaud you, your son and family! I can only imagine how challenging these pandemic months have been for parents and kids. What a totally different experience he had compared to mine. I'm so sorry he wasn't able to enjoy the Dance Fete this year. Sounds like you made the celebration special though. I hope he enjoyed the cake! :)
11/23/2021 07:31:55 am
I attended PS 35 grades K to sixth. It was 58 years ago, today, that President John F Kennedy was assassinated. I was in the third grade my teacher was Mrs. Foster and we were sent home early. When I returned home my grandmother was upset that they interrupted her soap opera and of course that the president had been assassinated.
11/30/2021 03:49:36 pm
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