March Shows Its Lion Side
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.