May Day!

The first of May. It was May Day! When they were little, she and Thomas always made May baskets from construction paper and filled them with tissue-paper flowers. They’d sneak over to Mr. Pickering’s front porch, hang the baskets on his doorknob, then ring the doorbell. Before Mr. Pickering answered, they would run home. Mr. Pickering always pretended not to know who had left the surprise.

Giant Pumpkin Suite
Melanie Heuiser Hill

Hill, Melanie Heuiser - Giant Pumpkin Suite

Signature

If you assigned a number to each letter of the alphabet—a somewhat common practice in Bach’s time, apparently—J. S. Bach’s last name added up to fourteen. B (2) + A (1) + C (3) + H (8) = 14. He used the sum of the letters in his name in creative ways in his compositions … it was Bach’s way of building in a cryptic “signature.”

Giant Pumpkin Suite
Melanie Heuiser Hill

Hill, Melanie Heuiser - Giant Pumpkin Suite