It’s that wonderful time of year when everything begins to turn green, from the tip-tops of trees with baby buds to the bottom of the toes with new shoots of grass. With beads and shamrocks and confetti and T-shirts in every shade of green, the month of March hints that spring is indeed on the way. Turn your month into all sorts of green merriment. Eat lettuce, broccoli, green beans and peas. Add a slice of lime to your water glass and snack on zucchini. Wear every shade of green imaginable. Hunt for four-leaf clovers and leprechauns and enjoy a beautiful month with those that you love. Celebrate with some of the celebrations below or create a few of your own.
Little Red Wagon Month — Read the children’s book, "Little Red Wagon," by Katie J. Nix. Then create your own little red wagon craft by painting a lidless shoebox with red paint. Attach four cardboard wheels and a cardboard handle using paper fasteners. Once the paint is dry, use the craft project for a table centerpiece.
National Flour Month — Make homemade biscuits together and use a shamrock cookie cutter to make the biscuits festive for the season. In a large mixing bowl, sift together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cut 1/2 cup shortening into the flour mixture. Pour 3/4 cup milk into the mixture slowly and stir with a fork while pouring. Turn the moistened dough out on a floured surface and knead in just enough flour so that the dough is no longer sticky. Roll dough out into a 1/2-inch thick sheet and cut using a floured
biscuit cutter or cookie cutter. Place biscuits on a lightly-greased baking sheet and bake in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
National Button Week — Have a contest to see who has the most buttons in their closet. Count buttons on closet garments, then choose some gently-worn shirts, slacks or dresses to donate to a second-hand shop. Carry in a load of donations and pick out one article of clothing — with buttons — for each family member. And, if you have a collection of buttons at home, play tic-tac-toe on the table using buttons.
Take a Walk in the Park — Plan to take lots and lots of hikes this month, looking for signs of spring. Find a new place to walk each weekend. Take pictures with your cell phone of springtime sightings and create silly family poses at each park or location you visit throughout the month.
Proofreading Day — Look thru today's newspaper and sea how many mistakes you can find. (How many errors did you spot in the previous sentence?) With advancements in spell-check and autocorrect, mistakes maybe aren’t as common as they used to be, but then again, maybe they’re more prevalent. It’s inevitable that with typesetting and other mechanics of publishing newspapers, books and magazines, some mistakes will sneak into the final copy. Some people are masters at spotting errors and delight in pointing them out to others! Celebrate those grammar and punctuation kings and queens today and the gift of proofreading by attempting to locate errors in some form of print.
Be sure to proof your love to family members this month — did you catch that grammatical error? Take the month of March to enjoy everything green and make it a month of merriment for those you love!
Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel and Jessica.