Looking toward the spring transition

By Rachel Hale

The month of March isn’t just about St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of spring. There are many interesting facts and special days related to the month of March.

Did you know that:

There are two birthstones for March: aquamarine and bloodstone. Both represent courage. March is also Women’s History Month, American Red Cross Month and Fire Prevention Month. Other popular holidays are Read Across America (March 2, which is Dr. Seuss’ birthday), 311 Day (March 11), Pi Day (March 14), St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and Daylights Saving Day.

Let us not forget March Madness! This is when basketball fans transform into basketball fanatics! A word of wisdom, don’t get between a fan and the tv when a game is on, it could get ugly! Just kidding.

For me, March means old man winter is getting ready to retire for the year and I look forward to warmer weather, green grass and flowers. Just the other day as I was walking out my front door I heard some birds chirping. This brought a smile on my face because it reminded me of an old saying someone dear to me used to say: “Birds a chirping means flower bed working is on the way”! I definitely do not have a green thumb, but I do enjoy looking over at my neighbor’s yard! Trust me when I say this: Better Homes & Gardens can’t do it any better than my neighbor!

Spring was one of my favorite times of year to go trail riding with my horses. The smell of the rain, the green of the newly sprouting leaves on the trees and there was just something special about the sound of the birds singing. It really was beautiful! Until your ride was done and you had to clean all the mud off your girth, cinch strap, stirrups and horse! It was still worth it, it meant summer was coming in a few months!

Just like the spring rains bring forth renewal and growth to the landscape around us, it brings the same to the Senior Center! Did you know that we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year? While the planning started two years prior in 1995, our doors opened on Sept. 2, 1997, with 131 members that year. We have grown a lot over the years! Please help us celebrate by attending one of the special events we are having this month. Friday, March 18, we will be having a dance with music provided by InReality Digital DJ. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and cost is only $5 per person. Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, March 25, we will be having a Karoke night at 7 p.m. This is free and open to the public! I invite all of you over the age of 50 to come and enjoy these events, learn about the center and all we have to offer you!

Until I see you at the center, Have a Blessed Day!


By Rachel Hale

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.