May, The Month of the Emerald

If you were born in May, your birthstone is the Emerald, representing loyalty, faithfulness and love. From the April showers come May flowers. Spring is in full bloom and the celebration of three major holidays send the US and many parts of Mexico to the stores.

Cinco De Mayo is the celebration to commemorate the victory of the Mexican Army over French forces on May 5, 1862. In Mexico, it remains mostly ceremonial with military parades. But in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become associated with the celebration of  Mexican American culture.

Mother’s Day is not a Federal Holiday but is a special day that celebrates the role of mothers and mother figures every 2nd Sunday of May. Mother’s Day has become very commercialized and much money is made from gift shopping and for some restaurants , it is the busiest day of the year.

My mother use to ask my brother how much he loved her and at 3 years old, would answer, ” I lov you all the money in the world and fify cents left over! She passed when I was very young and sometimes I actually have to think really hard what she looked liked but now I see her looking back at me in the mirror. And we all had and still have the same reply to our kids when they tell us they love us, “I love you more”… that’s how it is with mother’s.

Memorial Day, an American Federal Holiday is observed on the last Monday of May in honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. On Memorial Day many visit cemeteries or participate in parades. Unofficially, it’s  the beginning of summer… A time for parties, barbecues and just getting together with family and friends, sort of a celebration of making it through another winter!