The May 24 weekend

“There aren’t enough days in the weekend.”   ~Rod Schmidt

The Victoria Day holiday always falls on the Monday before Memorial Day in the U.S. Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday (May 24th). Canada is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which the reigning Queen Elizabeth is head.

But none of that was my concern. What was going on in another country, or with anyone other than me, was irrelevant. I had a fascination with creating the most memorable events around special holidays. “Kodak moments”, for those of us that can remember film cameras. Then I would gather all the photos into an album, keeping the best shots of me and maybe not the best ones of others. Just a little narcissistic.

Common terms for the Victoria Day weekend are:

  • the May Long Weekend
  • the May Long
  • the May Two-Four (a case of beer there is called a “two-four” and many of these are consumed over the holiday)
  • the May 24th weekend, although it does not necessarily fall on May 24th

This weekend is the official start to summer, even though the weather rarely cooperates. But we are hardy folks up here in The Great White North. I have been camping on May Long when 3 days earlier we had a foot of Spring snow. I’ve planted a full garden in rain, wind and biting cold, fortified against the elements and exertion with the obligatory two-four.


However, time changes everything. Now that I am in my forties, I don’t feel any kind of pressure to have a significant “type” of holiday. Today I had only a few groceries to get, we did laundry and other chores, I had a nap and my daughter is having a sleepover. These days, that sequence of events comprises a decent start to a long weekend. The sun came out late this afternoon and I was able to catch a few rays. Then when the air started to cool, I was back inside, instead of pulling on layers of clothes to keep warm.

In a weakly nostalgic moment, I wish to be camping somewhere. Those are wonderful memories. Huddling around a fire, laughing and talking while the hours and days slip by. Building interesting shelters against the rain, snuggling against each other with sleeping bags zipped together.

Other posts:

Long Weekends – The Good Life List

Finally Spring in time for Summer – The Good Life List

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