March - Full Worm Moon –As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
I don’t know if this is a product of my personal experience or just that I am getting old …but it seems as though my life can be documented by the string of funerals I attend. And we just added another… every time it happens I think back to the last time I saw the person and what I said. I ALWAYS wish I had said something more to them, hugged them more, or spent more time with them…I have never said to myself…oh, at least I ……. I have regrets every single time.
As we were driving to the wake I informed my husband that my sister and her husband were driving up from Cape Cod to join us and would be staying the night. Every time my brother in law is brought up my husband always comments on how much he loved John….and this night was no different…but this time somehow the conversation caused me to remark that John’s patience with people probably came about because my brother in law was such a good role model…playing with them for hours at the beach or the pool…and then..as he grew…playing music with him….
My husband agreed that John did not get that trait from either of us…and he also told me I should tell my brother in law that I felt that way.
So, I did….my brother in law was modest and added that he wasn’t so sure about that…just as I would have expected…and funny…the same kind of reaction John would have given…but I must tell you…when I went to bed that night I was happy that I had said something to someone that truly reflected how I felt….something positive that they should know about…that they did make a difference and impacted the life of another. I think that everyone deserves to know that they have made a difference in the life of someone else. I started this idea at Christmas when I sent out cards (for the fist time in years and years) and in the card I wrote a note to people telling them of things I have appreciated…but after that night I have decided that I am going to do it all the time…whenever it comes to my mind…because this world is just way too full of negative comments….I am going to tell the bagger at the grocery store that he did a good job when my order is huge…I am going to call my hairdresser and tell her I love my haircut when I get home and realize that I can make it look just like she does…because the cut was that good….and most of all I am going to tell my family when they make me happy…which is often (they are great most of the time) ..as you can see …this is just not a hard thing to do, just open your mind to the nice things around you and then open your mouth and say them!!! …no one knows if there will be a chance to do it later…
And that is my message to you today, I do think you will be happier at the end of today for trying it…and you have the bonus of making others smile along the way!