“In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.”
Well, it’s here….March Madness has arrived, whether you are ready or not? March of course is the beginning of spring, the vernal equinox, basketball season, St. Patrick’s Day and all three of my sons birthdays. For me March is a time of celebration. The days get longer, we change our clocks and the countdown to summer begins.
It turns out that March is even more than all of that. I did a little research to see what else is March known for and well, you may be as surprised as I was to discover that March is also known for being the National Month of:
National Breast Implant Awareness Month
Asset Management Awareness Month
Endometriosis Awareness Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Brain Injury Awareness Month
National Celery Month
National Cheerleading Safety Month
National Craft Month
National Credit Education Month
National Flour Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Kidney Month
National Noodle Month
National Nutrition Month
National Peanut Month
National Sauce Month
National Trisomy Awareness Month
National Umbrella Month
National Women’s History Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Music in Our Schools Month
National Professional Social Work Month
Seriously? Who knew? While I do not have anything personal against Asset Management Awareness, Caffeine Awareness, Celery, Crafts, Flour, Frozen Food, Noodles, Peanuts, Sauce or Umbrellas, especially in March…..I must admit that some of these do seem a bit much. Well, I guess March Madness exists for more reason than one! I have a feeling this is going to be a great month for everyone….Happy March!
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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens,Great Expectations
March is upon us. For me the month is all about new life, it is the month in which all of my sons were born. A true March Madness! It is a month of renewal, spring, new flowers and more importantly a time of hope. That is what March means to me and I hope this month finds you cheering on your favorite basketball team, time in the garden and more importantly filled with hope, with what is to come.
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In our house we take March Madness seriously, no it’s not because of basketball, it’s because all three of my sons have birthdays this month…which of course leads to true March Madness. I am always trying to find ways to remind my boys how fortunate they are and birthdays are always a good opportunity for gratitude.
This year I wanted to find a cause that involved birthdays that the boys could contribute too and I came across the most remarkable cause called Cheerful Givers.Org and the person behind it all, just as amazing.
He name is Robin Steele and in 1994 she was touring a local shelter in her community in Minnesota and discovered that parents often looked for a favorite box of cereal or canned good to give their child as a birthday gift. Robin couldn’t bear the thought of a child’s birthday passing without any acknowledgement and immediately got to work assembling 12 birthday bags that she dropped of at her local homeless shelter.
The next day Robin received a call from the shelter to share the story of the birthday bag. A woman had come into the shelter looking for some sort of favorite food item to recognize her child’s birthday and panicked when there wasn’t anything. However, when the shelter gave her a birthday bag the woman replied, “The whole way over on the bus I prayed and prayed that there would be something here for me to give my child, but I never dreamed there would be something so beautiful.”
Robin got to work, enlisted volunteers and began Cheerful Givers. However, three years later Robin still wondered if she was doing enough. So in 1997 she traveled to India to meet with Mother Teresa. Robin met with her hours before her death and returned with a message that we are all hungry for love.
She was more determined than ever to ensure that her birthday bags, “celebrates those lives that matter and that they are a symbol of unconditional love we have for our anonymous neighbors and their children.”
Today, over 622,045 birthday bags have been distributed and counting. March madness in all its glory. The celebration of birthdays is the celebration of life and Robin Steele reminds us all why it is such a gift.
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