We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I taught 9th grade math one year at a primarily Hispanic school. One class of 9th graders was taking 11th grade math, so they were high achievers. This was a split period class which took lunch between the first and last 30 minutes of the class. On Cinco de Mayo, there were a bunch of exhibits outside celebrating the event. The class asked me if it could spend the last 30 minutes of class perusing the Cinco De Mayo exhibits outside.
They were a good class, so I didn't feel any need to be tough. I told them that they could spend the last 30 minutes of class time outside looking at the Cinco de Mayo exhibits. However, they would have a one question quiz the following day: Explain the significance of Cinco de Mayo. Most kids flunked the quiz. Fortunately, they did much better on math questions on the final.
For me Sinko de Mayo is truly a day to celebrate. Few people have come to know the “true” story of the origin of Sinko de Mayo. It is my pleasure to set the record straight.
A little known fact is that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico but as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York.
The ship hit an iceberg and sank and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.
The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5 and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.
Go out on this day, grab a couple of slices of Wonderbread and a jar of Hellman’s mayonnaise and have a party. You know I will!