I was in France later than usual this time and noticed something curious. There were small potted lily of the valley plants in all the markets and ladies in the streets selling tiny bouquets of the delicate white flowers. As I visited various chocolate shops (research, of course) I spotted creative concoctions fashioned to look like the same plants I was seeing everywhere.
I hopped in my taxi to head back home on May 1st when my driver let me know it would be smooth sailing to the airport as it was May Day, a public holiday. Apparently the French offer a bouquet of Fête du Muguet to their loved ones on this day every year as a lucky charm. So whether they received the real deal or a confection crafted to look like it, good luck is definitely on the horizon! I may adopt this tradition in my home, lily of the valley is always a good idea!