Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March Into Spring

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I am a proud March baby. I grew up thinking the month of my birth was the most hopeful of all and my birthday fell on the cusp of spring. It wasn't like February, the month of exhaust-colored snow, inversion weather patterns and cabin fever (albeit, also romance). No, March came dipped in soft sunshine.

It wasn't until my adult years I started to hear people lump February and March into the same accusatory spot. "February and March make me depressed," they told me. And then there was the moment when I realized I wasn't after-all a spring baby, I was technically a winter baby. Not until the arrival of the equinox were we out of the wintery woods officially.

I am a winter baby.

But when our calendar turned March 1 this year I was surprised to feel the same positive vibrations I have noticed my whole life at the turning of the calendar. I noticed green tulips popping their heads out of the dirt and the tiny blue flowers underneath sodden bushes at Janna's house next door. The soggy grass made a promise of recovery after months of baptisms in snow and ice, and the earth let the sun stay just a little bit longer in the sky.

Yesterday we blazed outside, jumping over the hurdles of stubborn snow in the backyard. We noticed deer visitations--droppings and consumed berries in varied sizes (thought a lot about living in my house unaware while families of fauna feasted in our yard). We asked the stiff wooden play-set to give us a rumpus swing-date, which it did while creaking and complaining about its old age. Nieces stopped by on their way home from school. The sun resisted hiding behind clouds. The school bus circled the neighborhood. The bells from the tower chimed four o'clock. And we played a rigorous game of "thisbee" which is Anson speak for frisbee (but don't tell him that).

March is the month that slays the dragon-beast, winter. It's the month four-season climate dwellers feel safe to emerge from dry, dusty cocoons. March is the celebration of light back into our evenings. It's a hopeful, magical month that turns snow showers into rain showers into daffodils.

March babies are peaceful warriors.

And I'm one of them.

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28 comments:

Bev said...

my birthday is March 21. For years I thought it was exciting that March 21 was the first day of spring. Somehwere along the way the first day of spring became March 20 and I have felt cheated ever since! I too love March and the promise of warm sunshine starting.

julie said...

I agree with you. March is the very first month that gives me hope that winter may actually end. That hope, of course, is peppered with realism that there will still be many more cold days and probably more snow, but at least I know that sunshine, flowers, and warmth are just around the corner.

I'm a May baby. :)

Cailey & Brady Boren said...

March babies are the best!! Love the changes in the weather!

Somers said...

I love this. March is one of my very favorite months. I think it is because of the hope and promise it brings that renewal is on its way.

Janessa said...

So glad to know you love being born in March; my baby girl will be born next Tuesday. :)

Jaana said...

Me too. My birthday is four days before the first day of Spring, so much closer to Spring than Winter. March is the best month!

Alexandra said...

Happy Birthday Month! My daughter will be 2 on the 21st. March babies are special indeed.

robyn said...

i am so jealous. we're in ottawa and though spring is trying desperately to arrive, we're still covered under 4 feet of snow. it's going to take a lot of sun before we see tulips. I honestly had a moment of thinking about moving to utah- 4 seasons but you can see grass in march. lovely.

M. Mellor said...

"March babies are peaceful warriors."

Yes, yes, yes. I'm one of them, too.

Rachel Chip said...

I love this. I have two little March babies and they are truly peaceful warriors. They were born at 27 weeks, delivered as Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome quickly tried to take their lives. They had to fight so hard; one a little less than 2 pounds, one a little more. Three months in the NICU. March will always be such a hopeful month for me, too, because it was the month that God saved my sweet boys. They will be 2 on March 15. Happy Birthday Month! :)

La Carter said...

I see this picture with three and I am reminded how life changes, and that the things that once occupied so much time are no longer part of the story. It made me smile.

Emily Heizer Photography said...

My birthday is March 24th and it has always been my favorite month as well! I always thought it was the prettiest month, as it was the month the bulbs began to come out. This probably has something to do with that show, "Emma & Grandma- Spring." Which I loved! (That show did all the seasons, it played on HBO when I was little. LOVED it!)

This month is the last of my twenties, and I am terrified.

But March babies are still the best!

Vesuvius At Home said...

This seems to be the time to tell you that March is the birth month of my fantasy husband Jensen Ackles AND his real life wife. Good company you are in.

I nurture similar affection for June.

colbyjay said...

If you'd been raised in CA, March would have celebrated your birth with bright sunshine, the return of the predictable 72-degree-day, and visits back to the beach! Happy Birthday!

Suzanne Fulgham said...

I am a March baby also and I feel exactly the same! March gives me hope we won't be stuck in winter in Cache Valley forever!

Ronny said...

Let the argument be settled by the length of the day. March, like the crocus, is the harbinger of spring.(thanks PHS's Mr. Webb for the big word.)

I loved this turn of phrase: "families of fauna feasted". I too have had families of fauna feasting.

melissad said...

I LOOOVVEEE this post cjane! I feel, and have felt, the exact same way about this my whole life. March is like the sun breaking through the clouds for me. My birthday is March 15, and although that is still technically winter, in sunny St. George (where I'm from) it's totally spring!!

Petersons Blog Spot said...

Yes, here in Northern Canada it is still winter. When my 7 year old was born today it was spring-like weather, sunny and melting snow. When we got home from the hospital it was a blizzard!

I was born mid-September and always thought I was an autumn baby but not disappointed to discover I was technically a summer one (it does look like fall though)!

FINDING PEACE IN 2012 said...

I have never agreed with the calendaring of the four seasons, so I just change my reality to fit what I want, how the seasons feel to me!: the first of March is definitely spring; May (not June) is when my summer starts; first of August, Fall is here!; and first of December is the welcomed winter (I've never understood how most of this month is lumped in with fall?). My husband doesn't agree with me on any of this! He adheres strictly to "letter of the law calendaring" and loves to inform me when it's finally the first day of summer. I'm always like, um, it's already been summer for a good month and a half silly!

Treble Clef ♪ said...

Happy Birthday Peaceful Warrior and friend:)
I am your March sister (27th).

The Atomic Mom said...

I agree about March. In February, I start to feel alive again, in March it happens. We have two March birthdays in our family, it's so fun.

Kathy Haynie said...

Thank you. I needed this today.

Mills (héron + hibou) said...

I was so happy to read your post. I always thought March was a great birthday month too until I became an adult and everyone trashed it for being that blah month of too much winter. So now my delight for March is kept with a hidden joy. Peaceful warriors unite. ;)

Kelly(M&M) said...

My birthday is March 20th so I am a big fan of March too. I have always heard my birthday was the first day of spring, but my kindergartner informed me that it's actually the 21st. (So, there you go Bev!) I always associate tulips and sunshine with March and I love it. I feel like my tulips coming back every year are my birthday present and the world celebrates with me. I will finally get to share March with a child of mine on March 26th. (Although I am secretly hoping he comes early on my birthday!) Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures.

Lynnie said...

Me too! The second I got to write a little 3 instead of 2 on the date I got giddy. My birthday is a week from today- the big 3-0!

Jewels said...

Yay for March babies!! March 16th for me!! :)

Laura said...

March 16 the here too. You described exactly how Iffeel about our birth month. I think it's a lovely month. In TN flowers start blooming and we start thawing out. Plus I love the green of st patty's day. Add in a little early easter and it's perfect. Love your writing.

Anna said...

My birthday is March 21st. It's technically the first FULL day of spring (spring starts in the middle of the day on the 20th), and my mom made sure I knew it, every year. It helps to hear the story of my birth...how Minnesota was cold and gray and covered in bitter snow when my parents entered the hospital, and a few days later, when they left the hospital with my twin sister and me, the snow was melting and grass was poking through the earth. My dad reminds me of that story every year on my birthday. :) I love spring.