“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”

The rain is gone. The sun and blue are back but so is a bit of wind. It will only be in the high 50’s today. Welcome to spring on Cape Cod.

I’m treating myself to lunch today. It is opening day at Captain Frosty’s. I never miss opening day. I can already taste the shrimp and the onion rings or the scallops and the onion rings or the clams and said onion rings. So many choices! Maybe a seafood platter?

When I was a kid, we started practicing May procession songs in April. Every day in class we’d sing the songs particular to the procession always held on a May Sunday. The route was a square, a couple of blocks, from one side of the school to the other, to where the grotto was. The whole school marched in grades from eighth to first. The second graders wore all white, the clothes from their First Communion. We’d sing at the grotto where the statue of Mary was in a niche off the ground, “Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the angels, queen of the May.”

I was the crowner when I was in the eighth grade. It was quite an honor. I was at the end of the procession so the first groups of grades got to the grotto well before me. I admit I did stop for pictures when I saw my parents. I posed. That slowed me down a bit. At the grotto, I stood off to the side waiting for my cue to climb the small ladder with the handrail on one side, important to the story. I was in a long dress, a wedding dress, so the stairs were scary. When it was time, I grabbed the handrail with one hand, and I held the flower crown with the other. I climbed trying not to walk on the bottom of my long dress. I kept trying to lift it and still hold the crown. The priest saw my struggle and graciously put out his hand. I held it until I reached the top of the ladder. The statue was taller than I was so I needed to be on tiptoes to crown Mary during the right part of the song. It was precarious, but I did it without mishap, even getting down the steep stairs when it was over.

Somewhere in this house are the pictures from that day. I put them away for safe keeping, and there they are, safe from even me.

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4 Comments on ““The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I wish we had a place like “Captain Frosty” nearby. I remember seeing that place on the “Diners, Drive Inns and Dives” TV show and it looked wonderful. The best we have is a “Long John Silver” fast food place. We do have a great seafood restaurant in our old neighborhood, but my wife won’t go into a restaurant to eat inside or even take out from without a drive through window. As I’ve said before, the success of a long term happy marriage is for the husband memorizing and frequently using the words, “Yes Dear”. 🙂

    I’m not familiar with precessions in May which are a ritual in the Catholic Church. We have a major Jewish Holiday called Shavuot. In occurs in May or June and celebrates Moses receiving the 10 commandments on Mt. Sinai. It’s always 40 days after Passover. Part of the celebration is eating dairy dishes such as cheese blintzes with sour cream. Most Jewish holidays involve food. 🙂

    I’m looking for a new landscape factotum. My guy has stopped his lawn maintenance business because of illness. He was hospitalized in the ICU for a couple of weeks in March which was not Covid-19 related. Hopefully, he will get better and resume working.

    Today is a beautiful day with a few clouds and a high temperature of 80°. My spouse and daughter have already sat on the edge of the pool and put their feet into the water. They’re ready to swim. I get ready to swim when the water gets warmer around July 4th. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      By their website, I think they have no inside seating. They have ordering on line or by phone for pick-up. That’s okay with me, but that there are no prices on the menu yet is a bit scary. The seafood, though, is superb.

      Not everywhere had a May procession, but they were quite common celebrations. It was to honor Mary. That was the reason for the day and for the crowning of the Mary statue with a crown of flowers. In the parade, the second graders wearing all white were highlighted. They had just received communion for the first time. The crowner, me, was at the exact end of the parade.

  2. Christer. Says:

    At least You’ll reach 50, we haven’t even been close today. It snowed heavily when I drove to work but thankfully ity changed to hevay showers during the day and just cloudy around the time I came home after work.

    I really think we should have more spring like weather this time of year. I do however think that this year no apple blossom will freeze to death like last year when we had an unusually early and warm spring before winter came back 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      You’re right. There are different ways to view 50˚. Snow is totally out of my consciousness. I don’t think even the nights are cold enough for snow. We did have rain over two nights this week.

      The trees have the tiniest buds. Here on the cape we are always a few weeks behind much of the rest of the state. They have leaves. We get buds. The ocean keeps us behind.

      Enjoy your day.


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