Essay — Roaring March

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March arrived a few weeks ago, blessing some parts of the country with jonquils and daffodils. Here in Carpenter Country we were favored with higher than normal winds.

While waiting for the roaring lion to be replaced by the gentle lamb, we happened to glance at the calendar and spotted only one festive occasion: St. Patrick’s Day.

Surely there were other important events in the month that brings springtime? To find out, we hit the history books. Here’s a sampling of what we learned about the third month’s yesteryears.

roman lion  Florida entered the union.

roman lion  The Girl Scouts of America put on their first uniforms.

roman lion  The Early Beatles, an album by the Fab Four, was released.

roman lion  The Star Spangled Banner became our national anthem.

roman lion  The battle of the Alamo ended.

roman lion  Yellowstone, one of our country’s most beautiful natural wonders, became a park.

roman lion  Daylight Saving Time was approved by the US Congress.

roman lion  America bought Alaska from Russia.

roman lion  And, of course, Julius Caesar was done in during the Ides.

So much for boring March. What appeared to be an unremarkable month has a rich background.

But then, the same could be said for many things that start out wild and end up mild.




HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at



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