March, a Month of Contrasts

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The brown buds thicken on the trees,
Unbound, the free streams sing,
As March leads forth across the leas
The wild and windy spring.
–Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911)

I always welcome March with open arms. She is a month of contradictions and surprises. Today, I awoke to a snowy backyard: Lelands heavy with snow-covered limbs, birdfeeders wearing tall white caps, and snowflakes drifting lazily thorugh the cold, white sky. Everywhere, the landscape had magically transformed to a white-on-white sea of winter weather.Bird feeder 2

“Hush! Hush!” Winter seemed to whisper to the birds and squirrels.

“Hush! Hush!” Winter whispered to the trees and daffodil blooms just starting to push their way through the cold garden ground.

“Sleep, sleep,”Winter whispered syrupy words to her cousin Spring. “I am not yet ready to retire. March is mine!”

 It should come as no surprise that March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. It is the third month of the year in our modern day Gregorian calendar, although originally, the first month of the year in the Roman calendar and named Martius.  Of course, many Pennsylvanians welcome March because it brings with it the promise of gardening and warmer, sunny days (We hope!), as Earth turns its frostbitten cheek to winter and clocks are turned ahead to gain another hour of daylight beginning on March 10th.

The month of March is filled with wonderful holidays, crocuses and daffodils, and weather that beckons us to partake in long walks with our dogs and our friends. For educators, it is a reminder that the end of the school year is approaching, and we start to plan summer vacations and make decisions about conferences and graduate work.

Strange and wonderful days in March!  This month is also National Umbrella Month (Didn’t you think it would be April?) and we celebrate many strange and wonderful things this month:

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