March, a Month of Contrasts

I am participating in #SOL19 for the third consecutive year. Thanks to all members of slice-of-life2twowritingteachers blog team for this wonderful opportunity to write each day and share with others as well as read and gather myriad ideas for reading and writing!

 

 

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:

  • March 3: What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
  • March 9: International Fanny Pack Day
  • March 13: National Ear Muff Day
  • March 16: National Panda Day
  • March 21: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
  • March 23: World Meteorological Day
  • March 31: World Backup Day

Of course, there are many holidays we look forward to this month including Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”), International Women’s Day on March 8th, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter Sunday. Beware the Ides of March (March 15th)! The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and occurs on Wednesday, March 20th at 5:58 p.m. EDT. On this day, the sun rises due east and sets due west.

I cannot wait for the daffodils to show off their beautiful bonnets!  March’s birth flower, the daffodil or jonquil, signifies regard or unrequited love. Daffodil is actually just a nickndaffodilsame. The botanical or Latin name is “Narcissus.” All members are poisonous, which is great for gardeners, because that makes them critter-proof. The bulbs and leaves contain poisonous crystals which only certain insects can eat with impunity. They may, however, dig up the bulbs. Daffodils, one of the first flowers of spring brings us new beginnings, and with their bright yellow petals, daffodils seem the perfect way to say that the sun is always shining whenever your loved one is around.

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “March, a Month of Contrasts

  1. Let’s not forget my favorite thing about March–free Rita’s Ice on the first day of Spring. 🙂 March sure is coming in like a lion this year with snow last night, more predicted for today, and another mess Sunday into Monday. Let’s hope she leaves like a lamb.

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  2. Oh, I love this list of celebrations and the poem that you shared. March is not one of my favorite months, but the SOLC has helped change that in so many ways. I think spring will come to you much earlier, so I’ll live vicariously!

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  3. Love how you created mood and tone while teaching us — great structure for kids to study. You mixed it up and it was so engaging. So glad you are back — I almost didn’t go for it, but jump in again at the last minute. I love this community.

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