We used to have quite a celebration here in Israel on the first of May… back when we were a socialist country. There were red flags everywhere, and lots of flowers. People wore flowers on their lapels, and gave each other flowers. Long ago, I had a red cat that I loved. He was about twice the size of the cat above, and about the same color. And he was the most intelligent cat I ever had… and as devoted to me as Nechama is these days. I called him Fidel, in honor of Castro, who had just recently taken over Cuba at the time. You know, it seemed like a good name for a red cat. And on the first of May, he would get a nice big bowl of cream to celebrate.
But Israel is a democratic country, and in the 1980s, the public decided that socialism wasn’t such a good system after all, and slowly but surely, we changed direction. People liked the American system, and now we have a free enterprise economy, though there are still some remnants around of the way things used to be. But no one celebrates the holiday anymore. Now it’s just another day. On my walk this morning, I remembered the red flags… but there are none these days.
Still, if I want to, I can give you a flower. So here’s a wild orchid I found on my walk on independence day. Enjoy.