The Merry Month Of May

Dated: 05/05/2012

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 The merry month of May has arrived. Queen Victorias favorite flower, the Lily of the Valley, IS the flower of May. Legend has it that the Lily of the Valley heralds the return of happy(ier) easy(ier) times The most widely accepted explanation of how the month of May was named is that it was named Maia- for the Roman Goddess of Spring and Growth. Her name is related to an arcane Latin word which means increase or growth.The first gardens along the river towns like, Palisades, Piermont, Grandview and Nyack in Rockland County begin to sprout and Spring has really sprung when the wild flowers bloom and the trees and grasses along the Palisades Parkway turn green.

Here are 9 things you should know about May:

1- The Lily of the Valley AND the Hawthorne are the flowers of May and Emerald is it's birthstone.

2- The first Satuurday in May is the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. It IS the most famous horse race in the United States.- Which tri-fecta have you figured out for your winning ticket?

3- Coincidentally the first Saturday in May (this year) is also Cinco de Mayo- the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. It is a national holiday in Mexico. Many Mexicans, Americans and Mexican-Americans celebrate this day which traditionally honors their ancestors and dead. Please be respectful,  do not kow-tow to American Marketing Campaigns and make Cinco de Mayo DRINKO DE MAYO!! 

4-The second Sunday in May is Mothers Day. First observed in 1908, it was designated by Presidential proclamation and was officially recognized by Congress in 1914. This celebration in honor of Mothers is ALWAYS the second Sunday in May.

 5-Armed Forces Day is the third Saturday in May which honors the men and women of all of the different branches of the Military and the Armed Forces- the Army, the Navy and the Air.

6- The last Monday in May is Memeorial Day- a legal holiday which is observed in memory of those who sacrificed their lives while serving the United States in war. Memorial day was first observed in 1866.

7- Amelia Earhart began the first solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20, 1932.

8- Charles Lindbergh finished the first Transatlantic solo flight on May 21, 1932.

9- This is the time of year when the pharmaceutical companies make HUGE amounts of money from those of us who suffer with allergies!

PS.- One last item of interest- the iconic and truly beautiful Brooklyn Bridge officiallly opened to traffic on May 24, 1883. Go to and navigate yourself to the site which will be displaying a multitude of images of NYC and it's environs under construction. You will be able to see images of the Brooklyn Bridge in it's various stages of construction. It is brilliant and fascinating- history in the making!

My policy for the month of May is to eat (in moderation), drink ( a lot of water so I can get into my bathing suit) and be MERRY. I encourage my inner sense of humor (which always goes into hibernation during the winter months) to come forth, to bloom and to have a good time enjoying the beauty and bounty of this season.

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Kacy Coyle Dow

Growing up in Rockland County and being a 3rd generation realtor, it was important for me to continue the "Coyle & Coyle" family tradition of real estate. I understand the importance of professionali....

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