All month I kept saying to my students, "Can you believe it is STILL February?"
I think they were getting sick of me saying it.
So today they kept saying things like, "Hey, February is over! See, we told you it wouldn't last forever!"
March is a wonderful month. March will include spring break, a whole week when I can stay home by the fire with my Wonderful Smart Beautiful Daughter. March will include a four-day trip to the monastery, a long weekend of peace and quiet. March will include a conference trip to the Big Midwestern City that has a Great Art Institute and Two Baseball Teams, One of Which is Famous for Always Losing. Conferences are always great for meeting up with old friends, making new friends, learning new things, and exploring a city. March includes Saint Patrick’s Day, a day much celebrated in my part of the country, a day that brings back many happy childhood memories. March includes the vernal equinox, a time when the sun is positioned over the equator, a time when balance seems possible.
We will get snow in March, of course. Some of our biggest blizzards come this time of year. In March of 1993, we got four feet of snow in a 24-hour period. But in March, we will also start getting some warm weather, sunshine that will melt the snow pretty quickly.
And on an evening near the end of March, probably around the 26th or so, we will get a warm evening when I will walk outside my front door and hear the sound of spring peepers. And that's the sure sign of spring.