Day A Big Deal To Little Kids
May Day used to be a big deal in grammar school. When it fell on Friday, it was a REALLY big deal.
Teachers had long since given up the hope of keeping a lid on things in
class. Spring fever and the fact that school would be out in a matter of
weeks changed the chemistry of kids.
I can remember the day having a carnival atmosphere. We played outside
for most of the day. The concession stand stayed open for most of the day
and we all tanked up on CoColas made from real sugar.
Another favorite of mine was Sugar Babies which was pure sugar, some kind
of caramel and a substance akin to road tar. When I was in the third grade,
I had a mouth full of Sugar Babies and it pulled a tooth right out of the
socket. It was a small price to pay for such sugary bliss. I took a vacation
day tomorrow. I might cruise the local stores to see if I can find me a
big ol' bag of the SB's and see what damage I can inflict on my dental
Pictured above is Johnnie Bobo Farris and Don Whalen - The May Day King
and Queen of 1959. Thanks to Johnnie for the photo.