May Day

This was the name of the scary looking character played by Grace Jones in the James Bond film A View To A Kill.  She was also a warrior that fought alongside of Conan in an Arnold Schwarzenegger film, such a badass.  When I was young May Day was a really big holiday in Russia or the Soviet Union and they had a big military parade that showed what a nighty nation they were.  Years later I read that most of the tanks that they showed off were non functioning rust buckets that were just given a new coat of paint to fool everyone.  My niece was born on May First, but I don’t talk with her anymore and I am not getting into that here.

There is some confusion between the word may and can and I remember being corrected over this when I was younger.  If you ask the teacher, “Can I go to the bathroom?”, she could respond that you look perfectly capable of walking down the hall to the bathroom, but without her permission that was not going to happen.  Thus “can” is about ability and “may” is a request for permission, but when you gotta go, you gotta go and nothing good ever comes out of arguing with a teacher.  It was always good to hear her say, “Yes, you may.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where this week the prompt is may.

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