May 1 is May Day, when the Garden School’s preschool students circle the maypole and give bouquets. It’s traditionally a day of high spirits and fun, but there’s a deeper significance to this celebration that we can all observe, even in this spring of social distancing.
On May Day, there is an old custom of preparing a beautiful basket of flowers and treats to leave at a friend or neighbor’s door, then hurrying away before the recipient can see who has left the gift. As they prepared paper baskets for the celebration, the Garden School students were soaking up the message that you don’t always have to get credit for your kindness to make it worth doing!
Many of us are using our doorsteps and porches as a drop-off point to reduce contact between families as we shelter in place. Even if we’re not dropping off a flower basket, this May we can all appreciate the tradition of doing good, even when no one is watching.