Topic: "May Day, Comrade"(7)
Change is good, usually, at least that is what Frodo keeps telling Proud Merry and other members of the Fellowship. At one time, perhaps by tradition divined by Druids, the significance of the first day of May was a celebration, and participants danced around a May Pole. Frodo believes that this also spawned the name for the now-silent breakfast product known as "Maypo" (oatmeal mixed with fodder).
About a century ago, another meaning for the day was associated with the Russian Revolution, and the birth of Communism. Not unlike Maypo however, that form of government has sort of disappeared, and the only celebrations are in places where there are no street lights, and the only people with anything to eat are in the military. Of course, that which they are consuming may answer the question, "What happened to Maypo?"
The last "World" War produced a number of new additions to the vocabulary of those who speak English. Without a justifiable jab at those who attempted to describe why Frodo should get up at four AM any day this past week, it was the same source that devised a definition of the words "May" and "Day" to signify an emergency. Again, the only emergency that Frodo can assume for a day that ends "showers" and brings on "flowers," would reflect upon a bowl of hot oatmeal which has been uncooked in a cupboard for the past 35 years.
"May Day Malone," was the protagonist in one of Frodo's all-time favorite sit-coms, that which was identified simply as "Cheers." The moniker hung on "Sam Malone" because of his prior history as a relief pitcher called to duty by the embattled Red Stockings whenever an out was required in order to put out a rebellion stemming from Indians, Pirates, Tigers, or (shudder) Yankees. One could readily assume that no one was too concerned about Communists, Druids, or other "May Day" references when they entered a saloon. It was also unlikely that Maypo was served, discussed, or remembered by any of the customers who bellied up to the bar.
So why is Frodo spending so much time on a subject as innocuous as oatmeal? Hey, didn't you see Trump last night? Frodo thinks it will be a long time before he gets the Maypo off his face, or out of his hair.