NOTE: Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”
Well, now we have it. The month of March is now flying by. For many of us, it can’t fly fast enough! March is an interesting month when you really stop to think about it. So much stuff in just 31 days. It’s jam-packed with historical dates, global events and the closing out of winter. YUP, I said the CLOSING OUT OF WINTER! You may recognize this “closing out” development by its astrological name: “The Vernal Equinox”. I prefer to embrace the term: SPRING! (Hold this thought of SPRING…I’ll come back to it!)
The 1st week in March experienced pre-Lenten celebrations around the world including “Carnival” (Rio de Janeiro) and “Mardi Gras” (New Orleans). “Mardi Gras,” which is french for “Fat Tuesday” is synonymous with revelry before “Ash Wednesday.” Historians say the tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival, “Lupercalia,” as a period of celebration before the penance during the 40 days of Lent.
That journey to SPRING continued during the 2nd week in March by honoring the arrival of “Daylight Savings Time” on 3/9 along with the 1912 Founding of “Girl Scouts” on 3/12. That’s a couple of big events for 1 week, wouldn’t you agree?
This 3rd week in March starts with “St. Patrick’s Day” on 3/17 with celebrations from Dublin to New York to Chicago. ( It was so cold there, I understand the Chicago River had to be cleared of ice in some spots, in order for boating officials to complete the annual painting of the green!) The 17th of March also marks “Evacuation Day” in Boston. On 3/17/1776, George Washington had fortifications and cannons placed on Dorchester Heights. The British troops occupying Boston at the time realized they were outgunned. British ships departed Boston Harbor and the liberation of Boston by the Patriots (The original ones…not the Football ones…) brought an end to a hated 8-year occupation.
Look, you know I am a Dachshund. I hope YOU find all of this historical stuff of some interest. (I find it boring…) For ME, there is only 1 thing of interest in the month of March…THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING! Yup, on 3/20 Spring arrives officially at 12:57 P.M. (EDT). I want to go out on my deck again. I want to see grass again, for personal reasons. I want a ride on the golf cart again. I want to lay on my back and soak up some sun. I want to hear birds again. I want to chase squirrels again. OK, OK I’m done complaining about my “wants”. I’d bet each of YOU have several “wants” just like me. Let’s face it, we all deserve the arrival of Spring this year. If not for anything else, it closes out winter. Warm & sunny days are ahead. We should all be so lucky to lay in the sun and have our bellies rubbed! As always, that’s the way I see it and I stand by my opinion. HAPPY SPRING!