happy may day!
Every May Day growing up, my mom sent me out to place small baskets of pansies on the porches of our neighbors. I know!
The ancient practice of May Day was to celebrate the goddess of flowers, Flora, and the coming of summer. There are different traditions all over the world (not to mention International Workers Day, also on May 1st) -- read more here. The May Baskets tradition was started by American settlers but apparently faded out of common practice during the Cold War. Except on my street.
Goddess Flora below, as painted by Botticelli. Here's to her and to this completely magical feeling of spring.