Monday, May 1, 2017
The Merry Month of May
This is a repost, sorta, of a post from 2011. It occurred to me as I was sitting here reading my book that today is May 1 and 29 years ago I was being sworn into office. When I read it I realized that the weather is pretty much still the same - rain, some more rain, and then rain again. Here is that updated post:
As I sit here in my office blogging, I have a view of cloudy skies, and just a drizzle of rain, as opposed to last night's incredible downpour. It seems as though the March winds and April showers have combined to form the month of Marpril and I have had enough of it. I am looking forward to May.
Actually, when I think of the month of May, there are lots of good memories. First of all, my father was born on May 9. Oftentimes, it was the second Sunday in May which meant his birthday and Mother's Day were celebrated together.
Other May dates I remember are May 1, 1988, when I was sworn into office at West Bloomfield Town Hall, the old building on Orchard Lake Road, not the new edifice. That's me on the right with Clerk Sharon Law and Supervisor Dorothy McIntosh. Sharon and I would both retire in 2008, but unfortunately, Dorothy died in October, 1989.
Then there is May 4, 1993, when I received my Master of Business Administration degree. That's my sister, Arlene, next to me. (Oh, how much better digital photos would be.)
But, the most memorable May of all has to be 1969. On May 4 of that year, I flew to Heathrow Airport outside London, England to begin what would be ten weeks of traveling in Europe. On May 5, travelling into the City from the airport we passed the Queen's motorcade. And on May 7 we went to Buckingham Palace to stand with the crowds and watch the 'Changing of the Guard'. With all the people standing around that we could have talked to, we ran into someone from Detroit. Small world. And if you are wondering how I possibly remembered all that it is because I kept a diary of the trip which I still have.
Unfortunately, I can show you no pictures of me from that trip. They were all on slides in my basement. When I tried to have them printed most of them were useless. And I am sure some of my younger readers are wondering WTH 'slides' are.
Oh, for the month of May and warmer days. And all the wonderful memories. And there is still more to come. The newest member of the Hammond clan is due to arrive this month. Stay tuned.