When I was little, my mother would sing a song about the “Merry, Merry Month of May“, and we would all join in on the chorus. I always thought it came from a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, but it turns out that it’s a Stephen Foster song, written in 1862. But like a lot of refrains written by “the father of American music,” the concept of May as merry hung in there, and was again used in the tune The Fountain In The Park, published in 1884. This song was used as the background for many early cartoons, which is where I was first exposed to strolling in the park.
The enduring image of May as merry sticks, because for many, it is the true change from winter behavior to summer behavior. In our northern climes, you can finally get outside without carrying 3 layers. And in southern areas, it’s the warm before the blazing hot summer. So north or south, east or west, the month of May just makes you merry. Here are some useful tools and toys to make your May merrier.
Take it all with you
The Apple MacBook Air : The perfect size to get you out into the beautiful weather. Because if April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! So you can laugh at that old joke while sitting outside, enjoying the flowers and the freedom of your Macbook.
Leave this behind
Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer: How does this fit with enjoying the Merry Month of May? If you can cut your laundry time in half, and get out the spring sports and gardening stains in one cycle, you’re well on your way to spending a lot more time outside.
Have a record of your antics
The JVC C2A3 Camcorder: Now that the great weather is here, you’ll be outside having fun and getting crazy, and what better way to make sure you remember the good times than with an HD camcorder.
Take a break from the day
Sony e-Book Reader: Smaller and lighter than a tablet, the Sony eBook Reader is great for traveling to that perfect spot for reading, that’s just a little further down the road. The Sony e-Book Reader let’s you read in May’s bright sunshine as well. And when vacation comes along, you’ll be ready.
Ready when you get home
Tivo Premiere XL: Why stay inside watching TV when the weather is perfect for getting out. May is just the start of longer days and more outdoor time, so grab a Tivo and forget about your favorite program till the sun goes down.