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Loreena Thiessen: The Happiest Month

by Loreena Thiessen

May is the happiest month. There is much to celebrate. School is almost over and summer is about to begin.

Each day the sun shines warmer. There are colours, green, red, and yellow, where before it was only white. Colours and warmth bring renewed energy. You rush outdoors. You feel the sun’s warm rays on your face. You feel the sidewalk solid under your feet. You feel the smooth pavement as you glide along on your bike.

The air is different, fresh. It’s cool and warm all at once and filled with birdsong. Birds are gathering twigs and grasses in the industry of nest building, soon to be filled with new babies. Squirrels chase each other. Rabbits rest on the cool soft grass while chomping down fresh new dandelion blooms, the long stems dangling out of their mouths. Fat bees buzz. Butterflies flit from flower to flower sipping the sweet nectar.

The neighbourhood comes to life. People lean on their rakes and mowers and chat with each other after the long winter. They dig around flowers to help them grow. Balls and gloves come out for a game of catch. You hear laughter and shouting.

There’s more. On the second Sunday in May you celebrate your mother. You honour her for loving you and taking such good care of you. It’s your turn to do something special for her. What will it be?

Next comes the first long weekend of summer, Victoria Day. Victoria Day was originally meant to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday, who was the longest reigning queen in the 1800s. Today we don’t think about her so much. Instead we focus on enjoying the first holiday of the coming summer, roasting hotdogs and marshmallows outdoors, watching sparks rise against a dark night sky from an open fire, and sleeping in a tent or camper. There may even be fireworks.

June follows quickly. Each day is warmer than the one before. This is the month you’ve been waiting for, the end of the school year. At the end of this year you will be a year older than you were last year. Soon a new school year will be here, but first you get to enjoy summer. It begins officially on June 21.

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Loreena Thiessen

On the third Sunday of June you celebrate your dad. You remember all the times he has taken you skating, to a hockey game, or helped you shovel the driveway. He does many things for you because he loves you. Let him know you love him too. What does he like? To celebrate you may go fishing with him or play a game of mini-golf, ride bumper cars, or fly a kite and eat ice-cream in the park. A bike ride sounds like fun.

Celebrating and enjoying the outdoors is a good thing. To honour your mother and father is a command. Read Exodus 20:12 and Psalm 104:10–24.

Activity: Make a card for your mother (May 13) and your father (June 17).

Need: 
Two sheets of paper, one for each card.
Use regular printing paper or craft paper. A pencil, or pen, pencil crayons.

Do:
1. Interview your mother and father. Use these questions:
What is your favourite colour? What is your favourite food?
What is your favourite book? What is your favourite activity?
What is your favourite season? Who is your favourite hero?
2.  Draw a picture of something each one has done that you really like.
3.  Make a card for each with your findings. Use a sheet of paper, 8×10, folded in half for each card. Put the drawing on the outside of the card and the answers to the questions on the inside, like this:

favourite colour _______________________

favourite food _______________________

favourite book _______________________

favourite activity _____________________

favourite season ______________________

favourite hero ________________________

4. Inside write Thank you for being my mother, father.

Loreena Thiessen: In May

by Loreena Thiessen

The month of May is a turning point. A turning point is a moment that begins change. In May the chill winds of April are past. The last snow has fallen and melted. Everywhere grass is turning green and flowering trees are covered in pink and white blossoms. Bright yellow dandelions cheer neighborhoods wherever they are allowed.

It is the end of spring. Next comes summer. There are blue skies above, and warm breezes tickle your face and arms. You feel the wind in your hair as you bike into the sun; soon you’ll feel sand squishing between your toes.

May is important for another reason. It’s the month you celebrate your mother. Mothers have been honored and celebrated for a long time, long before Jesus was born. Early Christians celebrated Moth­er’s Day to honor Jesus’ mother, Mary. After World War 2 the sec­ond Sunday of May became the offi­cial day for every­one to celebrate their mothers. This year that Sunday is May 14.

Another important day in May is Victo­ria Day, the May long weekend. Victoria Day is the official birthday of Queen Victoria, the Queen of England at the time Canada first became a country in 1867. She was the ruling Queen of Canada until that date.

She had to agree to Canada becoming an official country with its own government. Before this, Canada was ruled by a governor appointed by England. Now Canada’s government is patterned after England’s. It is a government based on laws that gives the people we vote for the power to make new laws and make changes for our country as they are needed. It is a government that respects the rights and freedoms of its people. This holiday honours Queen Victoria.

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Loreena Thiessen

The May long weekend marks the beginning of more good things to come: summer and warm days ahead; the end of school and holidays; camping and trips to the beach.

God knew that to honour your father and mother was so important that he made it one of the Ten Commandments. Read Exodus 20:12.

What will you do to honour and celebrate your mother this year?

Activity: make a picnic

Need: Unbreakable cups, plates, forks, knives and a basket to carry them in a thick blanket picnic food: buns, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce; fruit, like grapes, orange slices; crackers, cookies; lemonade, napkins. Don’t forget sunscreen.

Do:

1. Count how many people will eat. Pack one cup, plate, fork, knife for each.

2. Pack buns, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, grapes, orange slices, crackers, cookies, crackers, lemon­ade, enough for each.

3. Choose where the picnic will be: indoors if there’s rain, backyard or park if sunny.

4. Bring flowers and a card you have drawn or painted for your mother.

5. Take a selfie to remember the picnic.

6. Play a game, like croquet, or read a book together.