Welcome to March – a month that can be filled with plenty of fun things to do around town or at home if you choose to seek out (or invent) some adventures. I’ve heard rumblings from a host of people that March can sometimes inch along with the speed of molasses, sometimes delivering less than fabulous weather. Regardless of what the weather is like, it’s time to identify some fun to be had this month! Today we’ll take a look at a few things you may want to put on your calendar this month. And I hope you’ll let me know of any out-of-the-box, fun plans you have up your sleeve!
March is Women’s History Month. Take a look at your local newspaper and media websites to learn about local observances of women who’ve done extraordinary things. Museums and libraries are fantastic resources for information, related projects you can do with kids, and activities that introduce the individuals we celebrate during Women’s History Month.
Tomorrow, March 2, marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Last year, I focused a blog post on children’s author and cartoonist Theodore Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), and I invite you to peruse it. While reading, consider how much Dr. Seuss gave to society and how his works helped shape your childhood memories or the experiences of those around you. Consider how you may wish to honor his contributions this month – and year-round. Green eggs and ham for dinner tomorrow night could be a creative start.
Daylight Saving Time begins at o’dark thirty (er…2:00 a.m.) on Sunday, March 13. This is the perfect – and requisite – time to “spring forward.” And it comes just one week before the official start of spring. Consider the hour of sleep that’s “lost” as one that gets you an hour closer to spring-like temperatures.
Saint Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17. Depending on where you reside, your city may dye a large waterway green in honor of this occasion, or you may be offered special deals at local watering holes and restaurants. Or you may simply wish to prepare corned beef and cabbage at home for you and yours. Wearing green is optional.
Sunday, March 20 marks the first day of spring 2011. I’m hopeful that in many parts of our nation, crocuses will bloom in celebration of the end of a hefty winter. And even if I have to bundle up in my winter gear on the 20th, it need not dampen my enthusiasm about spring, and things like working in the garden, blooming flowers, and long walks in the great outdoors. At the very least, I’ll take some time on the first day of spring to take stock of the spring adventures that await me.
Wishing you a marvelous March!
* Photo by Andrea Kratzenberg