Easton senior Dolly Curtis, who is dutifully practicing social distancing and staying at home, captured this photo of miniature daffodils in the snow outside her window this morning.

Yesterday’s light snowfall lingers in yards this morning, but it won’t be around for long. The weather is forecast to rise into the 50’s today, plus the sun will work its magic and nudge plants and wildlife to bloom and grow. 

Today’s landscape reflects the old adage “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.”

The Farmer’s Almanac addresses the question of whether there is any truth to this saying by citing ancestral beliefs and balance.

Our ancestors “often believed that bad spirits could affect the weather adversely, so they were cautious as to what they did or did not do in certain situations,” according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

“Those beliefs often included ideas that there should be a balance in weather and life. So, if a month came in bad (roaring like a lion), it should go out good and calm (docile, like a lamb).

With March being such a changeable month, in which we can see warm spring-like temperatures or late-season snowstorms, you can understand how this saying might hold true in some instances.

We can only hope that if March starts off stormy it will end on a calm note, but the key word is hope. However, this saying seems to be simply a rhyme rather than a true weather predictor.”

Today’s COVID-19 pandemic calls for balance as we navigate the reality of social distancing and staying at home in previously unimaginable ways. Fortunately, it’s spring, and the wonder of nature will inspire and enlighten us as we navigate this strange new reality.

Those of us who live close to open spaces are privileged now more than ever. We can go outdoors and ever wonder and appreciate the beauty of awakening nature. The cycle of rebirth travels on. Things will move forward, they will get better.

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By Nancy Doniger

Nancy Doniger worked as a journalist for three decades and was a founding editor of the nonprofit Easton Courier in partnership with the School of Communications, Media & the Arts at Sacred Heart University (SHU). She served two years as executive member and is now a contributing editing of the Easton Courier. She was a former managing editor of Hometown Publications and Hersam Acorn Newspapers covering Connecticut's Fairfield and New Haven counties. She was a correspondent for the Connecticut section of The New York Times from 1995 until the section was discontinued in 2006. Over the years she edited The Easton Courier, The Monroe Courier, The Bridgeport News and other community newspapers. She taught news editing as an adjunct professor at SHU and served as coordinator and member of the Community Assets Network for the Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools. She was a member of the Newtown Community Center Commission, member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), board member of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), and past president and board member of the Barnard Club of Connecticut. She has won awards for her writing from SPJ and NENPA.