My column last week was on a sad note but this week it is on a happier level – the coming of spring. We are about to go into March and hopefully we will begin to see temperatures rising, grass turning green, birds chirping and flowers blooming.
I am looking forward to working in my yard, storing my heavy coats, and seeing the tractors out in the fields getting the soil ready to plant.
You just can't be down when everything starts to come back to life.
We had just a tease last Tuesday when the weather hit 71 degrees. In spite of the wind, it was nice. The next morning we were reminded winter is not over as the temperature had gone back down to the low 40s. It also rained so I was cold all day on Wednesday.
Officially the first day of spring is March 20. It will be here soon, but not soon enough for most of us.
As I have said many times before, I do like living in an area where we have a change in the seasons. I have never thought I would like to live where the weather stays the same year round. Most years I get all of the winter I can enjoy before the season actually ends.
We really have not had as cold/snowy winter as some and I am thankful. I like to see snow once or twice each year. I like to see it come, enjoy viewing everything covered in white and then seeing it go quickly.
I watch reality shows of people surviving in life below zero as they live off the land. It has no appeal to me whatsoever. In the summer time I like my air conditioning and in the winter time I like my heating system. The grocery store has all of the meat and vegetables I need.
Let's hope the flu season will soon be behind us. It has been a hard year for the flu. We need to continue to be cautious. I have read the flu season could last until May. On a good note, the reported cases are going down.
Daylight Savings Time will begin on March 11. In my mind I always have to say “fall back; spring forward” when I move my clock back and forth. I do like having the extra hour in the evenings after work.
Along with spring and daylight savings time, we have St. Patrick's Day on March 17, Palm Sunday on March 25 and Good Friday on March 30.
Some of the “not so well known” dates on the calendar for March include:
March 1 – Zero Discrimination Day. I did not know the day existed until today. It is a shame we have to even have such a day dedicated. It would be nice if every day could be a zero discrimination day.
March 3 – World Wildlife Day. This is a day set aside to raise awareness of the world's wild animals and plants.
March 8 – International Women's Day. It commemorates the movement for women's rights. It is hard for today's young women to imagine a time when women could not vote, choose to go to college of their choice, or even own land.
March 14 – Pi Day. Pi Day has been celebrated for many years. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant. I am not great in math. I am sure I learned this in high school but I had to look it up today.
March 21 – International Day of Forests. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. It is hard to watch as wildfires destroy acres after acres.
March 22 – World Water Day. We are very fortunate in this area to have the water table we have. We sometimes take our water for granted. If and when our water supply has to be turned off for repair or a problem, it makes us more appreciative of being able to turn on the faucets and get all the water we need.
March 23 – National Puppy Day. Observed each year on March 23 or the closest to March 23rd if that day falls on a weekend. This day was created to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. Everyone loves puppies. I have to fight the urge every time I see a cute little puppy.
March 24 – World Tuberculosis Day. The day commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).
March 30 – National Doctor's Day. We should be thankful we have doctors with the knowledge they have in this day and age.
Again, I do look forward to the coming of spring and all it brings in Northeast Arkansas.