May 2017 Publisher's Letter

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” Edwin Way Teale

We celebrate the month of May as it brings sunshine to our faces and Love to our Hearts as we honor all mother’s on the 14th. ‘Mother’s Day’ is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. This May let us think about all the women in our lives, be it our mother, sister, aunt, friend or grandmother. Also, ‘Dance Like a Chicken Day’ is observed each year on May 14th. Everyone has probably danced the “Chicken Dance” at least once in their lifetime. This silly, fun song is a tradition at wedding reception’s, Oktoberfest and other celebrations. The song gets people of all ages up dancing and mingling, and it puts a smile on everyone’s face. All ‘ya gotta do is dance like a chicken. While any dance song will do, there’s no dance like the Chicken Dance. The only problem is that events are way too infrequent for a chicken dance lover. Therefore, May 14th exists to provide you with another opportunity to dance like a chicken. So, don’t pass up this opportunity.

Speaking of mothers, May 1st is National ‘Mother Goose Day’. This day honors Mother Goose, the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children. Mother Goose is often illustrated as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, but she is also sometimes depicted as a goose wearing a bonnet. Charles Perrault is believed to be the initiator of the fairy tale genre when he published his fairy tale collection in 1695. His publication marks the first authenticated starting point for the Mother Goose stories. An English version of Perrault’s collection appeared in 1729: Robert Samber’s Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose. Mother Goose’s Melody – A book of poems for children was published in 1781.

And of course, when we think of Mothers, we think Apple Pie. May 13th is National Apple Pie Day. While the apple pie existed well before the Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores of what is now The United States, Americans wax poetic about the how American apple pie is. The phrase “as American as apple pie” has been around for more than 100 years. Teddy Roosevelt was impressed to have a taste of home when he was served an American apple pie while traveling in Africa and soldiers during World War II were often quoted they were fighting “for Mom and apple pie.”

This May, San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine celebrates Mothers, Women and Life, Thank You!