‘See­ing’ the ben­e­fits of May snow!

Truro Daily News - - WEATHER -

May snow is never wel­come, even by me. And I love snow.

There comes a time when you need to move on and put away the mit­tens! Here in At­lantic Canada, we don’t of­ten get through the month with­out some white. Other than com­plain about it, there’s not much we can do.

Grandma seemed to be able to make the best of even the worst weather. She anx­iously awaited a May snow­fall, es­pe­cially if there was enough to cover the ground. Out she went. Grandma would col­lect the snow in a jar and let it melt. She be­lieved the May snow was medic­i­nal. I’ve wit­nessed Grandma swab the May wa­ter on a stye on the eye to make it feel bet­ter; I don’t re­call if it suc­cess­fully re­moved the stye. Grandma also be­lieved the May wa­ter would re­move freck­les. My younger brother, Ron­nie, hated his freck­les and tried to wash them away. He is still quite freck­led! Per­son­ally, I love freck­les and would never do any­thing to re­move them.

I don’t have any proof that the May snow turned “May wa­ter” has any medic­i­nal prop­er­ties, but I now be­lieve Grandma was the very best at turn­ing an un­pleas­ant sit­u­a­tion – like snow in May – into a fun time!

Wil­liam Shake­speare, like the rest of us, was not keen on “May snow.” In Love’s Labour Lost, he wrote:

“At Christ­mas, I no more de­sire a rose

Than wish a snow in May’s new­fan­gled mirth;

But like of each thing that in sea­son grows. (1.1.105)”

May snow – not good for the soul, but good for the eyes? Grandma Says! Cindy Day is Saltwire Net­work’s Chief Me­te­o­rol­o­gist.

Not some­thing you re­ally want to see in May is it! Jef­frey snapped this photo Mother’s Day morn­ing in Pasadena, N.L. – that’s just south of Deer Lake. No word yet on whether Jef­frey still has freck­les.

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