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Appalachia Through My Eyes – May Waters

My life in appalachia may waters

According to folklore I found in Frank C. Brown’s Collection, if you wash your face in the dew on May 1st you will be pretty. Or if you let your head get wet in the first rain of May you will not have a headache all year long.

Well I’ve missed out on the dew part, but I’m sure I’ll be standing outside when the first rain drops arrive around my place this May. Trying for a whole year without a headache is worth getting a little wet or a whole lot wet if it really worked.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.



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    RB Redmond
    May 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I agree about the headache thing. Migraines run in our family. Thank God, since I retired, I don’t have them as often as I did when I worked in offices, which was nearly every night. Makes me wonder if there isn’t something to the medical study that says most office lighting makes people sick.
    We have rain headed our way right now, the first rain of May, so I may run out and catch a bit of it on my head myself to test this.
    God bless.

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    May 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Mother always said “May rain won’t hurt you”, so we were allowed to go out in it- even play, if we wanted to. Any month before that, we would die of pneumonia, of course.May 1st was also the the first day we could go barefoot. This all changed when we moved to Florida.

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    May 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I know a woman who collects dew on the full moon to put on her face. While she is quite a bit older than me she sure looks a lot younger. Perhaps?

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    May 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    My granny said that if you got wet during the first rain in May you would have good health the rest of the year.

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    May 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    You and the girls must have taken
    a whole bath in the morning dew!
    I was listening to our local radio
    this morning and thought I heard
    that the Jerry (Pap) Wilson family
    will be singing at Brasstown on
    Sunday evening. It’s not surprising
    cause The Blind Pig Gang is always
    somewhere doing the Lord’s work.

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    Tim Mc
    May 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Well, I guess I’ll have an opportunity this weekend to get plenty wet, parts of North Alabama is under a flash flood watch for this weekend.. the headache thing may be worth trying..

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    May 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

    A few days ago I walked into this store and up to the checkout counter. As usual that early in the morning I wasn’t very perceptive. Didn’t notice this little girl standing to the side until this policeman said, “She looks just like her Momma don’t she?’ It sort of woke me up. I looked at her and said she sure does. She was rather little couldn’t have been more than seven or eight. I then noticed her freckles and told her that I thought her freckles were beautiful. She immediately covered her little eyes as though she was embarrassed. Her Momma laughed and said, “She hates her freckles.” I just had to tell her that the one of the prettiest girls in our school when I was a boy had freckles just like hers and she should be proud of them. Oh yes, she also had large brown eyes like hers.
    In my opinion, if you’ve got freckles, stay out of that early morning dew.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I washed my face in the morning dew
    Bathed my soul in the sun
    Washed my face in the morning dew
    And kept on movin’ along
    Tom T Hall

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    B. ruth
    May 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I once knew an odd feller that hit the morning dew on May 1st. In fact he hit the morning dew ever day of the year! He more that bathed in it. He was an ugly “old snoot” other than being “snookered” most of his life, he was a pretty nice guy!
    Great Post Tipper,
    We are supposed to have rains soon, and guess the flowers could us an extra boost.
    This is an old one:
    If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? ….Pilgrims, of course!!
    I don’t know why this Mother thinks of that joke every April and May that her sons told her when they were in elementry school!
    Does anyone else remember a joke, told to them when their children were small, or is it just me?
    Knock, Knock….no way, I’m kiddin’, never get the Grandchildren started on those! LOL

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    May 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I am finding that some of these tales have some wishful thinking. They are new to me; I would love not to have a headache for a whole year. I wish I knew about the dew as it may have removed my wrinkles and spider tracks. I’ll mark it on my calendar for next year.

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    May 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    So why do I still have headaches?

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    May 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I missed the may dew, but i got the rain part — only it doesn’t work. i’ve got a major migraine today.

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    Janet Smart
    May 3, 2013 at 8:23 am

    My Aunt Gracie said that if you wash your face in the early morning dew it will fade your freckles.

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    Jane Bolden
    May 3, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I’m out the door!

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    Mike McLain
    May 3, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Well, I did get wet in rain on May 1. I don’t think the dew would have helped my looks much and I woke up this morning with a headache.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 3, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Here in Black Mountain today would be the day to wet your head with rain water to prevent headaches. We have plenty of rain today. But, I’m thinking it’s a little cool for wetting one’s head out there, maybe this afternoon.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 3, 2013 at 7:01 am

    I’m glad you missed the 1st May Dew. If you got any prettier and you’d spend all your time smooching the mirror.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 3, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I missed the dew too, it was pouring when I left for work, my head should be perfect for a year!

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    May 3, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Dang, I missed out on the May Day dew opportunity! But I will try to remember the headache preventative – just took the first Excedrin of the day.

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