Feeling like there haven’t been any holidays to celebrate? Waiting around until you don Kelly green shamrocks, cook corn beef and back soda bread? Don’t fret. Here a few March celebrations that can be ongoing.
Dr. Suess’ Birthday, March 2
“It’s not slumpasana, “ my yoga teacher instructed, demonstrating a forward bend meant to keep her back straight. I laughed, quietly, after all, this was yoga class and thought of how children make up words and pronunciations as they learn to talk. My grandson Simon, now 26 months, says “pinamas” for pajamas, and his “I love you” sounds like a Hawaiian greeting.
When the kids were in school and first learning to read and write, they were encouraged to invent spellings of words. They’d write entire stories with words only they could read.
Dr. Suess‘ 108th birthday was honored with Read Across America Day celebrations nationwide. We’re now reading The Lorax, to Simon, who loves hearing and repeating “Truffula trees,” “cruffulous croak” and “smogulous smoke. ”
Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess, may you continue to inspire readers and writers infinitely.
National Grammar Day March 4
Read as “March Forth” we’re encouraged to conquer grammar demons and write fearlessly. I learned grammar best when teaching it to middle schoolers. There are tons of books available to help hone skills. My favorite is the simplest: Strunk & White’s Elements of Style.
Happy Birthday, Oreos!
Lastly, tomorrow the Oreo turns 100 years old. Created and sold in 1912 by the National Biscuit Company, the cookie, now produced by Kraft Foods, has more than 35 varieties, including a birthday version.
My family were Hydrox fans. I found them less sweet and crispier when dunked in milk, the only way to eat them. Sadly, I was in a minority. Kellogg Co. stopped producing the cookie, which had been rechristened Droxies, unable to compete against the more popular Oreos.
March is also National Women’s History Month and there’s no better time to keep women’s rights in mind.