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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Least Maypole Dancer

The least Maypole dancer. Sweet uh? Let me tell you something that makes it even sweeter. The dress she’s wearing-was her Grandmother’s when she was a child. And that just happens to be her Grandmother putting a ring of clover in her hair. This photo definitely captures one of those good moments of life: a little girl tickled pink because she gets to walk in the May Day Celebration for the first time and a doting Grandmother who gets to watch 3 of her grandchildren dance around the May Pole with the littlest one wearing her dress to boot.


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


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    Patty Nagle
    May 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I know that little girl and her grandma, and you are all right. Grandma is proud. Little girl is as adorable as those little girl hands.

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    May 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I so agree with you, Tipper. That is the sweetest thing!

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    grand pa ken
    May 5, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I have triplet granddaughters, things come x3 I love them so. I know how grandmother feels proud and fearful of the future,

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    janet pressley
    May 5, 2011 at 1:27 am

    precious – I wish I had a little girl like that to carry on. nana

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    Vicki Lane
    May 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm


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    May 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Great post! Smiled all the way through it!

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    Suzi Phillips
    May 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    So sweet-

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    May 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    This is by far the sweetest, loveliest, cutest photo I’ve come across online in a long time! Thanks for sharing it, Tipper.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    May 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    This is a precious posting. The littlest Maypole dancer is very cute and her dress is so pretty.
    Mama has fond memories of the Folk School and dancing around the Maypole when she was a little girl growing up in Brasstown and attending Ogden School.

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    May 4, 2011 at 9:32 am

    What a photo!!! I once worked with a guy that was a doting grandparent and he said it all about his little grand daughters. He said, “If there had been anything sweeter on this earth than little girl toddlers, our Lord would have taken it with him when he left to be with his Father!” I had to agree completely.
    Notice the little wrinkle around that little wrist! Ain’t she sweet!
    Thanks Tipper; I needed that this morning!

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    Debby Brown
    May 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    And time and traditions go on…
    We have to keep them going on by the older generations teaching to the younger ones, just as the beautiful picture shows.

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    May 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Love that picture, so precious. I remember in elementary school we did the May Pole dance every year out on the ball field. Was a huge pole with the most beautiful ribbons and I was lucky enough to be picked to participate one year. I felt so special and it was just so beautiful. Will always be a treasured memory for me.

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    Elizabeth K
    May 4, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Very sweet. It will make a lovely memory for this little gal to look at in the years to come.

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    May 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Oh my. No words to say how precious this is. I wish the children of our area were more in touch with the wholesomeness of their heritage. I can’t believe how removed from things of the past my area has become. It truely hurts my heart. And I live in West Virginia for heaven’s sake!!

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    Benny Terry
    May 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

    That is one of life’s finest moments. Let’s hope her granddaughter will be able to wear the same dress many years from now. Family is THE most important thing.

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    Barb Johnson
    May 4, 2011 at 10:09 am

    This post made me smile and cry at the same time..beautiful.

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    lynn legge
    May 4, 2011 at 10:04 am

    ohh tipper that is so darling.. and something to cherish.. the dress is gorgeous and im sure a heirloom for years to come.. wish i could see the maypole dance in person.. many blessings to you and yours and big ladybug hugs

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    May 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

    That is so cute!

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    B. Ruth
    May 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

    So precious….
    I remember making clover rings for hair and bracelets when I was a youngster…we would sit for hours picking and either plaiting them or looping them together..occasionally there would be a pinkish one that smelled so sweet..just as sweet as that little girl you have pictured…
    Hope to see more pictures soon…
    Thanks Tipper

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    May 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What a precious photo! I bet that was one proud grandma. It’s wonderful that the tradition is being passed down to the grands.

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    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Well, that just made my day:) Adorable!

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    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Oh how precious and what a memory they’re making. Don’t you know her little heart was pounding with excitment!Hope they took lots of pics.

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    May 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

    A beautiful picture in so many ways! Thanks for sharing this charming, timeless moment!

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    May 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

    thanks for a Happy Post, makes me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy, she is a doll baby and the dress is precious and priceless

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    Miss Cindy
    May 4, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Precious memories!!

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    May 4, 2011 at 7:35 am

    That is precious!

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    May 4, 2011 at 7:28 am

    We had a grand maypole dance and celebration with friends. Beautiful way to start the summer….

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