For most of us, the first thing we think of is Mother’s Day. For me, the month of May reminds me to not forget several friends who have birthdays this month. Every Mother’s Day, when I was young, we wore a red rose to church if our mother were living, and a white one if your mom was deceased. That was a long time ago, and it seems that tradition is one that has fallen by the wayside. I would love to see it renewed.
Everyone of us has a different opinion of just what their mother means to them. Mine was not a strong lady, as she had rheumatoid arthritis beginning at a young age. My dad did almost everything for her that she was unable to do. But for many years, she was a wonderful cook, and I still remember some special dishes that I regret not having the recipes for. Today would be not only Mother’s Day for her, but her birthday, as well.
Also in May, we think about getting our flowers and vegetable gardens planted and hope it doesn’t storm. Thunderstorms are also a “gift” from Mother Nature to us, that we must be prepared for. Between our guest authors and us, we hope you have your care pack stocked with staples, water, flashlight, cell phone handy, and of, course, supplies for Fido and Felix the cat.
Toward the end of May is the end of school! God bless all the Moms and Dads that will be keeping little ones entertained; there’s plenty to do. Encourage them to play outside and get some sunshine and exercise in your yard or a safe place. May also brings graduation, a happy time for parents. You’ve watched your children grow up and become young adults. Now is a new time for them: to step out into the real world, go to college, or find a job. They want to try their wings, and let’s hope that they have the background and training to not try them too much!
Mayday is an emergency code word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications, derived from the French venez m’aider, (1927)g “come [to] help me.” It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency by many groups, such as police forces, pilots, the fire brigade, and transportation organizations. The call is always given three times in a row (“Mayday Mayday Mayday”) to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual mayday call from a message about a mayday call.
A Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of “grave and imminent danger” in which a mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion or sinking. Mayday calls can be made on any frequency, and when a mayday call is made no other radio traffic is permitted except to assist in the emergency. A mayday call may only be made when life or craft is in imminent danger of death or destruction.
‘Mayday’ calls are made by radio, such as a ship or aircraft’s VHF radio. Although a Mayday call will be understood regardless of the radio frequency on which it is broadcast, first-line response organisations, such as the coastguard and air traffic control, monitor designated channels: marine MF on 2182 kHz; marine VHF radio channel 16 (156.8 MHz); and airband frequencies of 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz. A Mayday call is roughly equivalent of a morse code SOS, or a telephone call to the emergency services.
Always remember why we observe Memorial Day, (U.S.) This is a national holiday, but the importance of this day is to honor those who have fought and died in past and existing wars. Let us never forget those who gave their lives for their country.
Thanks for letting me be a little melancholy today. We hope this month will reap sunshine and roses for all of you. Stay safe.
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