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MAY DAY- SIGN OF DISTRESS-CELEBRATION-PROTEST-PERSONAL MEMORY

Updated on June 23, 2010

SIGN OF DISTRESS

It is quite likely that by the time we have reached the age of five tears of age we have all heard of the international convention of using the term “May Day” as a sign of distress. Airplanes and ships at sea that are in dire straights use the term of Mayday as a signal to send assistance. Quite often loss of life may be involved if a prompt response is not forthcoming.  This is one of the first ways where I became familiar with the term Mayday.

CELEBRATION

Some time later in our lives we become aware that May Day is a day of celebration in many lands. In many countries May Day is celebrated as Labor Day.  This is unlike the United States where Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September. Most communist countries use May Day to parade their military might before their citizens and the entire world. During the days of the USSR their May Day celebration was unsurpassed as a symbol of totalitarian suppression.

PROTEST

I found it ironic that today May 1,2010 those who proclaimed they were fighting for liberty and justice chose May Day to carry out their protests against a law enacted by Arizona to fight the blight of illegal aliens. These illegals are slaughtering farmers and ranchers along the Arizona-Mexican border. What is the motive of these protesters by choosing May Day are they proclaiming their allegiance to communism? The signs they carry are not celebratory in nature. They are not celebrating the virtue of hard work and labor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I saw these protests I was outraged that any American would observe May Day in any way!!!!!!!!!!!

PERSONAL MEMORY

Then I though back to just yesterday and my thoughts stopped dead in their tracks!!!!!!

Just one year ago today on May 1, 2009 I was celebrating the 16th birthday of my beloved pet cat Spooky who died on July 18, 2009. Yesterday I thought of the celebration we would be having today if poor Pook had lived another year.

I guess May Day is like beauty, which is in the eye of the beholder.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      Thanks for the compliment. Pook and I had a mutual admiration society. This really deepened after Booger and Charcoal died a few years earlier. We were all either had left to one another. But now Salem and I carry on.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Spook was very lucky to have you for 16 years.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      I agree our pets are members of our families. I am glad I now have another cat Salem to ease the loss of Pook. She will always remain in my heart, but life must go onward.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Spooky was a member of your family and they are in our hearts forever. I grieve the loss of my cat, Callegirl, but I have another on that is 3 now named Oscar. He is precious and loving which helps with the grief over the ones that have passed. Very nice hub.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      billyaustindillon,

      Good memories are priceless like beautiful pearls. They're gems of time stored in our hearts for eternity!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for you insight and comment.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Tom a great reminder on how special good memories are.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      eovery,

      Our memories are a precious commodity we all are mortal and we have to do our best to honor our memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your kind thoughts and comments.

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      eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Enjoy the good memories, my friend.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Parker Shults,

      I was the one who was blessed by knowing Spooky. She was my best friend for over sixteen years. I can face it now but it was tough at first.

      Thank you for your kind comments.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      msorensson,

      I thought it ironic that I was passing judgement on those who celebrated May Day when I had done so myself for personal reasons. I must strive to be less judgmental.

      Thank you for your kind comments.

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      Parker Shults 7 years ago

      Spooky is blessed to have been loved so much by his best human!! Hugs to you, Tom and "Happy Birthday, Spook!"

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Oh that is so sweet that you remember the 16th birthday of your cat!!!

      Aye, beauty is in the heart of the one who looks. We need the eyes to see them but it is the heart that appreciates.