I love the month of March! It is my birth month but that’s not why I like it so much. It is what I call the pivot month – the fulcrum between winter and spring. March is a mixture of cold winds and warm breezes; of sub-freezing temperatures and short-sleeve afternoons. March is the month of crocuses and forsythia and the buds of color.
The old saying concerning March – “Coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb!” or vice versa – demonstrates this pivot between seasons. A first grade class in my school took a vote in February as to whether March was going to come in as lion or as a lamb. The lion won by a landslide and those little 6-year olds were right on. The snow and cold have greeted us with open arms and frigid kisses on our cheeks. But for me, it is the promise of the lamb that gives me encouragement.
With my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail just over 50 days away, the month of March will be filled with training, preparation, and a building anticipation. I am so looking forward to the sunshine, and those incredible signs of spring. I want to start hiking to work! The daylight is getting longer each day and those evening hikes at the MetroParks will be sweet.
I know the snow will turn to rain and the trails will still be sloppy from time to time but the sunny days will dry the trail quickly and the bleakness of February will begin to explode with buds of green, yellow, red, and the rainbow of wildflowers. I anticipate seeing my first jack-in-the-pulpit (my favorite spring wildflower) and walking on grass that is not brown. The trail seems friendlier with trees dressed in leaves and plants dotted with berries of black, blue, and red. The path seems to smile at me and my face produces a grin in response. Can you tell that I am ready to walk out of winter and catch the lamb of March?
Jack Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arisaema_triphyllum