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Thread #68713   Message #1159902
Posted By: Bat Goddess
12-Apr-04 - 11:53 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: May baskets
Subject: RE: Folklore: May baskets
Circa 1954 (age four -- in "four-year-old" kindergarten at Pershing School in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin) I made May baskets and left them on neighbors' doorknobs, knocked and ran.

I can't remember right now whether this was something we did in school or whether my mother instigated it. (I'll have to call her and remember to ask.)

Whatever, May Day and May baskets were never even alluded to when we moved 30 blocks west to West Allis (west 'burb of Milwaukee) and I went to McKinley School for regular kindergarten through second grade. I think later, of course, I ran across literary references to May baskets, but it wasn't practiced in my vicinity.