Wednesday, March 01, 2006
at 12:01 AM
We had holidays in January, New Year's Day and Martin Luther King.
We had President's Day in February and some had February vacation.
And now we have March.
No holidays. No time off. The first no-holiday month since August for me. I am usually pretty tired of working by the end of March. So March sometimes seems pretty long, especially as we long for spring days that are almost within reach.
Everyone's heard the old saying "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."
But did you ever hear "April borrowed from March three days, and they were ill."?This refers to the first three days of April, which are generally rough and blustery like March. And then there is the superstition, I hadn't ever heard of, that the first 3 days of March are called "Blind Days" because they are "unlucky." If rain falls on these days, the farmers supposedly will have poor harvests. Had you ever heard that before?
Well, as a rule, I am not a fan of the month of March and wouldn't mind just napping for the next 31 days. But it isn't all bad. After all, there are some people in my life I love very much who were born in March. And, the Irish-Americans I know wouldn't like it much if we slept through St. Patrick's Day.
And after all, if we had no March, where would April be?
So this morning, say your rabbits and remember Lent starts today and that means Easter is on its way.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn.
- Hal Borland
Only with winter-patience can we bring
The deep-desired, long-awaited spring.
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
We need spring. We need it desperately and, usually,
we need it before God is willing to give it to us.
- Peter Gzowski, Spring Tonic