I am trapped in my condo with my only escape being food, wine and Netflix! Quickly, send memes, schedule Zoom chats and figure out how to get me some of those baked goods I keep seeing on What’s App.
Okay, okay, not really that big a deal in the scheme of things. I do have lots of time to think about all sorts of trivial things and so, what with it being May and being in the middle of a pandemic, I got to wondering why/how/when ‘mayday’ became a distress signal?
Here is what Uncle G. tells us:
Mayday got its start as an international distress call in 1923. It was made official in 1948. It was the idea of Frederick Mockford, who was a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London. He came up with the idea for “mayday” because it sounded like the French word m’aider, which means “help me.”
Very appropriate for a duel language country, n’est-ce pas?
I did get out this morning to get some costly cat food at the vet (we spare no expense for evil Leo) and, on route, found myself unexpectedly moved to see the flowers planted in the street planters. How lovely that even now, in a crisis, our city takes the time and resources for such grace notes.
Hang in there everyone – I am looking forward to seeing you, in person, on the other side of this.