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“Beware the Ides of March” ~ the infamous warning by the soothsayer to Julius Caesar. He of course ignored the warning, and we know how that went for him. Not well.
Hard to believe that we are midway through March and what a strange month it has been. Almost all of the snow that we’ve gotten this winter has been during March which has resulted in some wonderful mud. It is putting a wonderful end to the season of rain, freeze, thaw, mud — known other years as winter when the precipitation that fell from the sky was fluffy and white, when you didn’t need your ice skates to make your way across the yard and when mud boots did not replace snow boots. A little bitter, you might say? Yes, I am. Winter was a clear disappointment this year, my cross country skis remained in the shed instead of on my feet and walking anywhere was a challenge.
Now, we have mud like mad, which I find a little confusing since we didn’t have all that much snow to be melting off to be causing this mud. This week has been mild and mild is good because it means that maybe the mud will be going away soon.
March is an odd month. We go from pi (yesterday was 3-14 or Pi Day) to Julius Caesar and death to dancing leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day. Combine that with the Lion and Lamb thing (March is in like a lion and out like a lamb or vice versa) and you have a month complete with food, death, animals and little green creatures. No wonder there’s mud this month — it’s a very confusing and conflicted month — murky, indeed.
“Beware the Ides of March” ~~
There probably isn’t a one of us that doesn’t remember that foreboding line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar along with that other famous line “Et tu Brute?” – signifying the dying ruler’s incredibility at the betrayal of his closest friend and ally.
Technically “Ides” describes the 15th of the months of March, May, July and October and the 13th day of the other months.
Consistent with Roman numerals which often use specific key numbers as the reference point for other numbers – X and IX, V and VII, the Roman calendar used three specific dates as the reference for other dates. “Ides”,”Kalends” for the first day of the month and “Nones” for the 7th day of March, May, July and October and the 5th day for other months.
Other days in the Roman calendar are named based upon these three – for example March 3rd would have been called V Nones, signifying five days before Nones (they counted inclusively for those of you that might think my math is off).
Since we do not use the Roman calendar and our days are marked with numbers and not Ides and Nones, the line imparts both infamy and foreboding today whenever it is heard thanks to the literary wonder of Shakespeare.
“Beware the Ides of March” – a most famous line of literature taken from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. It recounts the warning given by the seer to Julius Caesar, warning him. The Roman Emperor was murdered on March 15 in the year 44 B.C.
Ha! who calls?
Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
Beware the ides of March.
What man is that?
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Set him before me; let me see his face.
Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
What say’st thou to me now? speak once again.
Beware the ides of March.
He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act I, Scene II
“Ides” is a Latin word for “middle” and refers to the 15th of the months of March, May, July and October. In the other months, Ides is the 13th of the month. The Ides of March is celebrated every year in Rome by a Toga Run through the streets of Rome, where Julius Caesar was killed. Julius Caesar’s assasins, Brutus and Cassius. Both later take their own lives…..guilt?
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Good advice, even if you’re not Julius Caesar. Today was a day. I really just didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. It has just been too many days of early days and late nights or maybe it’s just the time of the year….either way – next time I should listen.
We were off to skiing but disorganized since I woke up late and that set the tone for the day. Got season passes for next year at a great deal at Pico (hooray!) and then was out for a walk in the beautiful sunshine around the base of the mountain. As we rounded the lodge by First Aid – spotted my son’s friend (who had come with us and for whom I was responsible) being sledded in by Ski Patrol with a suspected broken wrist. Thank goodness, Tom was close by and he was able to wisk him off to the ER and get in touch with his parents, while I rounded up the troops (who didn’t even know what happened). Now we are home, exhausted with a pile of laundry and dinner to cook. Tomorrow, we get to get up and do it all (minus the broken bones) again. BTW, turns out he broke his arm, not his wrist. Lovely — all the same — poor kid.