Magnificent May: Celebrating Margaritas & Moms and Remembering Vets

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Gratitude Jar for Mothers Day in May
Photo by Mark Casey for Unsplash

By Michele D. Baker

May is a beautiful month in Florida – the weather is fine, the leaves are green, and the beach beckons.  

In May, there are also lots of fun celebrations, including “May the Fourth Be With You” (on May 4, for those who are interested in the Star Wars movies); Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Pueblo; mothers and grandmothers everywhere on Mother’s Day (May 12); and the official start of barbecue and picnic season on Memorial Day (May 26).  

Gratitude Jar for Mothers Day in May
Photo by Mark Casey for Unsplash

One fun way to celebrate this gorgeous time of year is to make yourself a gratitude jar. Sit down with 31 small pieces of paper (one for each day in May) and write yourself little inspirational messages or gratitudes. For example, you might write: “I am grateful for my brilliant granddaughters, April, May and June.” Or “Thank you for my fragrant flower garden overlooking the park,” or “I am so happy to be married to my wonderful spouse for 47 years.” Fold up each little paper and put it in the jar. Each day, pull out a message and be inspired! 

Related: Enchanted April: Dozens of Festivals, Fabulous Food, and Sparkling Sand

 May is also the month to allow yourself to be honored and cared for, so you might also share the delicious recipes this month – Mediterranean Chopped Salad and Catfish and Spinach Bake – perfect for a picnic by the sea. 

 Enjoy your spring!