March, the coolest month.

March first! (Image courtesy of Google)

Get up, get ready and get going, because today is the day we march first. Yes, it’s March, the month whose name reminds us that winter is ending, spring is coming, and it’s time to get out of our winter doldrums and do something about it. Spring won’t really be here for a few weeks yet, but March starts to tease us and taunt us into thinking it is here. Look out your window – do you see birds you haven’t seen all winter? I haven’t seen a robin yet, but I’m hoping it’s because I haven’t been paying attention, not because they’re not  out there. The last two weeks I’ve seen red-bellied woodpeckers, which I never see around here until the first inkling of warmer weather appears. Today I awoke to gentle bird song, something I’ve sorely missed all winter. And although I don’t have any luck with hummingbirds, I bet that those who do will say these summer visitors are starting to arrive.

By the end of the week, we better be ready to march forth. We’ll get some days of beautiful weather that entice us out of our warm homes to run, bike, walk, maybe rake some left-over leaves or pick up winter’s detritus from our sodden yards. Time to get the old Huffy off the trainer and ready for the roads because it will be warm enough before we know it.

It’s a good thing that March is the month that gets us moving again, because round about March 14, we’ll be eating a lot of pie. Yes, the biggest day of the year for math nerds everywhere appears smack in the middle of this tremendous month. (3.14 – otherwise known as pi day.) And don’t let the ides of March worry you just because you ate all that pie – I don’t think they had pie in old Rome and that’s why Brutus was so ornery. Starting March 13th you’ll get to march forward, as we turn out clocks ahead for DST and longer daylight days.

So whatever you do today, make sure that you march, march well and march first!

My harbinger of spring - the red-bellied woodpecker! (Photo: Huffygirl)

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