|10:31 pm - Flush as May|
My mind retains few memories of Mays that happened before 2008. Certain events date to a vague 'lilac time', sometimes I recall the Victoria Day weekends (usually not happily; see: fireworks); but that May in TO has a distinct structure was something I was as oblivious to as the horticultural calendar of the year. Japan taught me to notice that one, but I have no idea why the social events of 2008 stuck so precisely in my head and dictated my approach to it ever since.
However, there it is. The first weekend is maybe sakura, or maybe sakura gone too soon, in hot years, or maybe not yet in cold ones. Second weekend is Mother's Day. Third is the long weekend that in 2008 was memorable for its Gaiden episode and an autumnally cold Monday. Fourth is Toronto's Doors Open event, usually in heat that discourages participation. Haven't been to that since 2014, the last time walking was pleasant. Also because there's a limit to how many churches and power plants one cares to see.
Anyway, today was Mother's Day. The sakura still bloom in the sunshine and everything else does too; and I took me to lunch at my favourite Japanese restaurant, the one where they know me as a regular and greet me with smiles, and when I left they gave me a carnation, as they did every woman customer; but still, very pleasant.