in the merry month of May

by Maureen McCabe on May 17, 2011

a rose

“in the merry month of May” “What is the most important thing that has ever happened to you in the month of May (of any year)?”   is the prompt for Nablopomo

I graduated from college in May.  Or at least I believe my college graduation from the University of Wisconsin was in May.  It had to be (or not to beMay.)

I went to prom in May. I know that was in May.  It’s an important thing, in high school but that was long ago and far away from Columbus, Ohio in 2011.

I thought “the merry, merry month of May” was a quote from Shakespeare or someone…  so I tried to find it.  I “Googled”  “merry, merry month of May.”  I found some nursery rhymes about May.  The  Closest to what I found was lyrics to the ‘Ballad of Barbara Allen’ an old European song.  English?  Scottish?

“Was in the merry month of May
When flowers were a bloomin’
Sweet William on his death-bed lay
For the love of Barbara Allen

I have never understood what that song was about but I discovered  the song , ‘The Ballad of Barbara Allen’ as a teenager.   I was kind of an odd, morbid, moody teenager but not so much that I missed out on prom, etc.  Or maybe I was not all that odd, morbid or moody.

Last summer Actors Theatre did  a play based on  ‘The Ballad of  Barbara Allen’,  called ‘Dark of the Moon.’ I saw it.  I loved it.  I did not really understand it.  Kinda dark and sad…  The play,’ Dark of the Moon’ by Actor’s Theatre at Schiller Park in German Village  was one of last years ’365 Things to do in Columbus Ohio’ on Facebook.  Side note there will be a Transformers movie coming out this summer called ‘Dark of the Moon.’    No relation to the play performed by Actor’s Theatre.

This summer’s Actor’s Theatre plays start  at the end of May,  ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel”  runs  May 26 to June 26 in Schiller Park.  The Actor’s Theatre  site describes the play:

“The Scarlet Pimpernel is a swashbuckling, romantic adventure set in the time of the French Revolution.”

2011 is Actor’s Theatre’s 30th year.  Actors Theatre started in 1971? Duh! 1981

Nablopomo is National Blog Posting Month… I’m trying.  I may have failed.  You be the judge.  I was late the first Saturday in May.  I posted Saturday’s post at 4 AM on Sunday.. or after it was Saturday in every US time zone…  maybe it was still Saturday in Hawaii.   And then this past Saturday I sent a photo using Posterous and it showed up hours late, on Sunday.  I edited that one.    Each day Monday through Friday there is a Nablopomo prompt.  Weekend’s you are on your own and I am having trouble with Saturdays.  Today’s Nablopomo prompt is again too personal for a blog about Columbus Ohio….  which is what, this site has always been.  Even when it was the first Columbus Best Blog…on another platform which I have just never had the heart to kill. is not about me.  It is about Columbus.

“What is the most important thing that has ever happened to you in the month of May (of any year)?”

My younger brother was killed in May, when I was a child.

Image credit  the rose is a photo from SPisharam’s Flickr photostream. She has lots of gorgeous photos.   This photo is licensed with a Creative Commons license which allows me to use the  rose photo here.  This is a Columbus Ohio rose.  Her profile says “Born and raised in Cochin a beautiful coastal city in “Kerala”, Green and beautiful Southern state in India, now settled in Columbus, a beautiful green and pleasant midwestern city, Capital of Ohio:)  “

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