Baby-boomers will recognize those lyrics. They might not be able to tell you that the title of the song from which the lyrics come is “The Fountain in the Park.” They likely will not be able to tell you that the song originally was sung by Ed Haley. They probably will not even be able to give you any of the other verses to the song. But, almost universally, the first and foremost image that will come to their minds will be… Elmer Fudd singing the song in a classic Looney Tunes cartoon.
“I was strowwing thwough the pawk one day, in the vewy mewwy month of May.” It’s a childhood memory forever embedded somewhere deep in my soul.
For us Catholics, this is the very “Mary” month of May. You might not have known that each month of the year is dedicated to a particular Catholic devotion. For example, October is the month of the Rosary. Throughout November we are exhorted to pray for the dead. May is a month that in a special way is devoted to our Blessed Mother.
Every year our Nativity of Mary school students participate in a “May Crowning.” They will gather around the statue of Mary in the school courtyard. There will be sweet-smelling flowers. The air will be cool and fresh. Birds will be chirping and chasing one another around in the newly budding trees. Then the children will sing favorite, time-honored Marian hymns. One of the students will be chosen to place a crown upon our Mother, Queen of Heaven.
How often do we get to meet a queen in our lifetime much less crown her? As I pray and sing along with the children I always get the sense that this is a moment that will be embedded in their souls forever. A special grace will be born in them.
Why not celebrate this month of Mary by planting some new devotional seeds in the hearts and spirits of your children? Look up a new Month of Mary craft or activity on Pinterest. Enthrone an image of Mary in your home. Plant a Mary garden (do some research and you will find that there are many flowers named after our Blessed Mother). Come to the Archdiocesan Family Rosary Procession this Sunday, May 3, assembling at the State Capitol at 1:30.
It is something pure and lovely that you can do that your children will cherish for a long time.
Hail May. Hail Mary. It will be a blessed month indeed. That’s all folks.