March ... the month of Mars
Mars. The Roman god of war.
Sometimes, the way the March winds blow makes us wonder if March is at war with itself. Other times, the month is sunny and peaceful, represented by March's flower, the daffodil.
Here in Texas, things begin to green up. The grass begins to grow, trees bud out, and the sun is not only higher in the sky, but it sticks around longer, too.
Speaking of Texas, the newly formed country declared its independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836. Today we celebrate that day as Texas Independence Day, even though it is no longer an official holiday. Also in Texas, March is the month for spring break. And the beginning of bluebonnet season.
For all, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day--the day we're all Irish, even if we're not. And what's St. Paddy's without at least one green beer?
March is also the month for all basketball fans. The excitement and tension brought by March Madness crackles through the air and spurs conversation even among strangers.
Like candy? There's a Mars Bar.
Moving along... there is also a day of the week named for Mars.
Got your answer?
The first English word for Mars, the god of war, was Tews. In English, we call Mars' day Tuesday. In Spanish, the day is Martes. French is Mardi, and Italian, Martedi.
Were you correct?
What's your favorite thing about March?
How about Tuesday?
This was fun, but enough research for me today.
Be nice to each other out there. I'll see you back here in April.
I don't watch pro basketball anymore but I enjoy college games.
And Tuesday is bagel day!
March 6, the fall of the Alamo.
Alex - Hurray for Bagel Day!
Bish - Very few things are blooming here, but some of our roses are. We had to turn on the air conditioner already.
Natalie - Both sides of my family have been in Texas for over 150 years. It sometimes feels like its own country with all the unique things about us. Most states are like that, but there are a whole lot of Texans in Texas. Maybe that's what makes the difference.
Diane - It could still freeze here too.
Jo-Anne - Stay cool.