The Madness of March

How do you feel about the month of March? Is it all about Saint Patrick’s Day and green beer? Here in Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s Day (the 19th) is nearly as popular, mostly for the zeppoles.

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My father-in-law, and now my husband, hate the month of March. Both believe that nothing good comes during the month. My husband’s father’s father died on March 18, 1968. His wife, my husband’s mother, died on the same day in 1993. My father-in-law’s birthday is March 6, but he doesn’t want to celebrate anymore, and presently we are awaiting the results of some medical tests that could hold good (whew) or difficult news. Since the results will be revealed in March, both men in my life are convinced the news will be bad.

I’ve never looked at March that way. March means spring in the northern hemisphere, and even though we may have a last burst of winter in March, snow that falls and sticks to the grass won’t last. The days are longer – Daylight Saving Time in the United States begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10 this year! Here are some of the other, positive aspects of the month of March:

  • It’s International Francophone Month and International Francophone Day on March 22 (égalité, complémentarité, solidarité)
  • March 2 is National Reading Day (I have a suggestion!)
  • March 14 is Save a Spider Day (I know, my initial reaction is to stomp, too, but if I find one that day, I’ll be kind)
  • The only day in the calendar that’s also a command (think about it)*
  • It’s March Madness, baby! The Big Dance for college basketball (men and women), the annual pool (money, no-money), single elimination, and Cinderella stories.
  • Passover begins on March 26th, a festival of liberation and unleavened bread.
  • Easter this year is March 31st – joy and hope and promise. And Dove dark chocolate eggs.

I hope March is a happy and healthy transition month for all of you. Spring is on the way!

*March Fourth 🙂

8 thoughts on “The Madness of March

  1. Thanks Martha for the positive outlook on March, As the months of the long dearly winter is behind us it also makes me smile cause FLIP FLOP weather is on its way!

  2. I love March! My oldest daughter was born March 9th, my youngest March 22nd (4 years apart, of course). My grandmother was born March 21st. All three of them are amazing women! I’m also a fan of celebrating my Scottish/Welsh history on, or around, the 17th. I’m not so crazy about the St. Patrick story. Seems like he brought the devil to the isle to me, and they’ve been fighting about it ever since. Blegh! We celebrate the Ostara instead of Easter… so altogether, it’s a great month for our family!

    1. I think there’s a lot of hope in March, Beth – but I suppose if I equated the month with loss and death I’d feel differently. Still, today we had sun and much of our snow has melted away. This is something to celebrate!

  3. March is a Great Month – it is also the Birthday Month of a certain classmate who, when subjected to misguided Facebook postings, gets to conspire with confederates on April Fool’s Day Saran Wrap retribution!!! What can be better than that!!!

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