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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Spring has sprung
The grass is riz
I wonders where
The flowers is!

I can remember hearing my Grandpa May say that. He had jokes and stories for every occasion. He could remember a joke and tell it so that the punch line had just the right emphasis. I wish I had half that kind of memory! Of course, my mom reminds me that while she was growing up, during the years of the depression, that he was their entertainment in the evenings after supper. He would play his violin, or tell stories and jokes since there was no TV for them to watch. He was a sweet, Christian man. My mom has always said that she remembers only one time that he raised his voice to her. She said she had it coming, but he came and apologized for it later. He would walk around whistling, mostly old hymns. He loved to sing and sang well. My grandma couldn't carry a tune in a bucket to save her life, but my mom inherited his voice and love of music. Even though she's 79, she can still outsing any choir that I've ever heard. She looks MAYBE 60 and acts 40. I am so blessed that she is still in my life, and I pray that she will live to be 100! She's in excellent health so maybe I'll get my wish!

My grandpa had to have a blood clot removed from his brain when he was around 60 if I remember correctly. While he was under the anesthetic, he told joke after joke and had the surgical team laughing the whole time. Those were the jokes he never told anyone. The ones he had no doubt learned when he worked as a dock hand for a while in Vancouver, Washington. They were all off color, and I don't believe that he ever used a swear word though he had heard plenty.

He was kind and gentle, even in his last days when he didn't know even his family. He had a sweet spirit about him that endeared him to many friends. He went to heaven in 1977, just after I had turned 18. I have always been sorry that my kids didn't get a chance to know him. However, I also am positive and looking forward to seeing him in Heaven. I know he's there with my Grandma, my uncle, my brother, and my sister.

I've been searching out relatives on Ancestry.com, so I'm going to throw this out there. If any of you have the surname May, we might be relatives. He always said that all Mays are related since 3 or 4 brothers originated from the Isle of May. His name was James May, from Kansas. He was born in 1908 to James Alexander May and Myrtle Anna Kibbe.

I am so blessed to have a godly heritage, even more blessed that my children are walking in the Light as well.
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  • INDIANABON
    Sorry - I'm not a May, but I think it's great that you are researching your family's history. My mom has a huge book with all her relatives on her mother's side of the family. The last name was Ruth and many of them were Mennonite, several were preachers and we are even related to Babe Ruth somewhere in there. LOL!

    Keep up the great work!
    Bonnie
    1595 days ago
  • SPOKENWORD
    Beautiful! You are Blessed indeed!
    1600 days ago
  • ERIN_POSCH
    thanks for the share. i'm happy you have marvelous memories of him!
    1601 days ago
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