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Senior Moments: June is popular with brides and here’s why they carry bouquets

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer doesn't begin until June 21. So don't complain if we have a little fog or rain.

Statistics reveal that June is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August and September.

We often hear “For they say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life.” In doing a bit of research on why June is so popular for marrying, I found some practical as well as humorous reasons. Let me share a few with you.

** June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.

** During medieval times, a person’s annual bath (you read right, annual) usually fell in May or June so brides smelled fresh. Those who married at other times of the year carried a bouquet of flowers to hide their body odor. (That’s when the custom of carrying a bouquet while walking down the aisle was born).

** On the practical side, some chose June to time conception so births would not interfere with harvest work.

There are other fun days in June, such as Flag Day and Father’s Day and it is National Rose Month and National Dairy Month.

Reminds me of a couple we knew in Minnesota who ran a very large dairy farm. His favorite saying was “I owe all my success to utters!” Always brought a laugh.

One more thing is that the birthstone for June is pearl and the flower rose.

Real Simple Magazine has an interesting article this month about sayings we grew up with.

The author was popular columnist Erin Zammett Ruddy. I recognized a few, such as “You get only one body in this life -- treat it right.” She points out the value of repeat, repeat and repeat again (she didn’t say it exactly that way but that is what she meant). I remember hearing “Cleanliness is next to godliness” in my growing up years.

All these years, I thought mother was quoting from the Bible. I found out otherwise. It’s from a sermon, “On Dress,” by John Wesley.

Anyway, another I just knew was from the Bible, but was not, is “God helps those who help themselves.” Seems Benjamin Franklin had something to do with that one.

Sayings and mottos change or are added to from year to year. Ruddy headlined her article with a good one: “Be kind, have fun, work hard and learn a lot.” I had not heard that one, but she is from another generation. I like it. Repetition is the secret to the success of such mottos or sayings.

“Money is the root of all evil” has survived many generations and thought to be from the Bible but many of us in my generation have learned that it’s “the love of money” that is “a root of all sorts of evil.” Yes, the “love” one is in the Bible.

I would like to hear some of the sayings other seniors grew up with and talk more about this subject, such as “If in doubt, don’t do it” or “If in doubt, throw it out.”


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