It’s the first day of the month of May: May Day. I remember the traditional May Day celebration from my elementary school days when we would all hold onto a crepe-paper streamer and circle around the May Pole. I don’t remember anyone explaining to us the origins of this custom, and not many of my contemporaries even recall this minor frivolity, but at the school that Alex, my identical twin brother, and I attended, St. Mary’s Primary School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, it was an annual event that we all were required to participate in.
“Full nakedness! All joys are due to thee,
As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be,
To taste whole joys.” ~ John Donne, poet and priest
For this reason, the date, May 1, has always held some significance for me. Perhaps it was instilled in me because the May Day ritual that we observed in primary school provided a welcome distraction from our daily classroom routine. It might even be due to the fact that I’ve always had an aversion to the cold weather and usually when the month of May arrived the frigid temperatures were always a thing of the past.
I’m a grown man now (at least, chronologically) and I’m too old to dance around a Maypole in a schoolyard. But that doesn’t mean that I still don’t get excited about the arrival of the month of May each year.
I can fondly remember my Maypole experiences from my childhood. I can enjoy these memories while doing bare hand stands in our garden! Why not replace a youthful May tradition with a nude one now that I’m an adult? My “inner-child” can scarcely wait to strip out of my clothes and welcome the Spring sunshine onto my bare body! As a matter of fact, I think I’ll do just that right now!
Happy May Day, 2017!