Alicia Lopez’s Musings

MAY POLE DANCING

Posted on: May 2, 2012

I’m not really dancing around the May pole, with flowers in my hair, and a soft billowing dress drifting softly through the breeze.  Doesn’t that provide quite a picture?

My thoughts are the ones prancing about from place to place, thinking of all the things that must be done to ready the lawn and garden for spring and summer, and knowing that the energy needed is simply not there.  Spring always brings to mind planting flowers and seedlings, fertilizing the grounds, etc.

The flowers which I usually plant are those that are not favored by our deer population, mostly marigolds, whose scent seems to drive them away.  One year I planted petunias and assorted foliage which looked beautiful one Friday afternoon, and when I returned on Sunday night from a visit to my hometown, were nothing but chewed down stems.  My dear deer friends had paid me a visit.

They also like to feed on newly formed grass leafs, which does nothing for my lawn.  With these thoughts in mind, I have almost decided to forgo all planting.  This, along with the watering ban in the village, somehow dampens the enthusiasm that this season brings.

May also brings thoughts of another year added to my life.  I have been blessed with good genes and good health, and many people tell me I don’t look my age, which will turn to 81 on May 1st.  The fact that I don’t act my age  helps.

How does one act her age?  I have no idea, because I act the way I feel, which is usually upbeat and optimistic. My children are all coming over the weekend to celebrate another year.

When my hubby passed away three years ago I asked God why he had left me here on earth, when I had asked to be taken with him.  I know there is a purpose and a reason, and I do not question it.  I only hope that I can live up to whatever He has in store for me, but I also ask , what is it?

My job has opened up my life, I have the days planned for me.  I meet people, talk and laugh with complete strangers, and when my days off appear, I am happy to be home.  As I have stated before, my little pooch is the one who is lonely now, and is over joyed when I am home.

I have become more involved with my local Democratic Party, with the time that I have from my job.  That is also a source of pride and accomplishment, a feeling that I am contributing to worthy causes.

All in all, I do have reasons to dance around that May pole.

Excuse me if I sign off, I have to go shopping for a billowing dress.

Hasta la Vista

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2 Responses to "MAY POLE DANCING"

I just got your text about your article and I rushed with enthusiam to read it! You write so eloquently and this one is no exception…I believe you are living up to what God has in store for you. You are a good person, a wonderful mother and you have five children who love you very much!
Can’t wait to see you Friday!
Love you…bebes

Alicia, sorry I’m so behind in responding to your “May Pole Dancing”
I too love the way you write and express yourself so well.
WHAT? 81, never would have believed it.

Did you ever dance around a May Pole? , I did in grade school about
2nd grade. I loved it, my mother made me the most beautiful yellow,(my favorite color) dress. I even got new shoes to wear, black patened(spelling) leather shoes and yellow socks. I’ll never forget the great time my friends and I had. Lots of flowers to carry in small baskets and flowers in our hair. It was so colorful with all pastel colors and streamers of pastel ribbons winding around the pole. I wish videos were around then. Thanks again for bringing back happy memories.
Eva

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