Love May Day... So, many memories of making May Day baskets and delivering them to all my friends growing up. But, May 1st is also the beginning of the Month of Mary in the Catholic Church. I hope to pay prayerful homage to her here on StoryboardC. throughout the Month. Sharing my own favorite Mary Devotions and Stories.
I will begin today with the image above. When I was a little girl, my Mother cleaned homes to put me through Catholic School. I often went along with her to 'help' or visit with a few of her Elderly Clients. Sometimes she would even bring them holy communion as well. Their were two sisters (not NUNS, but real sisters:) in particular I loved to visit, Golda and Marjorie. They both were very different in personality. Marjorie was my favorite, she was so cheerful and I loved her endless stories. Plus she also gave me Candy:) Golda on the other hand was more sensible and prayerfully reserved, but beside that she too enjoyed my visits asking me questions about school and my child view of faith.
I just loved spending time in their apartment as my Mother cleaned. Even at 8 or 9, I knew these would be cherished memories someday to me. I still remember there cramped abode scattered neatly with a lifetime of photos and trinkets. A very special home to say the least.
The above Mary statue was among the things. I remember receiving it as my First Communion gift from Golda. My Mother a couple days after My real First Communion Celebration had me put on my white dress and veil to visit the Sisters. It was fun being able to wear my little 'Bride' outfit again. Once we arrived, Golda and Marjorie were beyond joyed to see me and hear about my special day. I remember posing for Polaroids with them. The only one I have is Marjorie and I. Wish I had it here to post, but like 90% of my photos there in Minnesota. I received cards and the beloved Mary Statue. Golda had bought in Rome at the Vatican years prior. It was hand carved out of a soft stone. She reminded me to take very special care of it. Oh did I ever. It is still one of my most cherished possessions, spending it's time in a place of honor on my bedside table. Reminding me of those beautiful women that invested so much love in me, but even more importantly the love Our Lady in Heaven:) Thank you Golda and Marjorie!
Happy May Day!