Next week is the busiest week in March according to my calendar. Sunday, the 14th, we set our clocks ahead for daylight savings time. Wednesday, the 17th we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and Saturday, the 20th is the first day of Spring.
I think the people most affected by all this are the farmers. For instance, in 1920, the Standard Time act which had been enacted two years earlier, was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers. Something about cows not paying attention to clocks.
As for St. Patrick, his history is full of anomalies. He is credited with driving out snakes from Ireland, a country where snakes weren’t native. We wear shamrocks in his honor since it is believed he used the three leaves to explain the Trinity, but there’s no record that he actually used the shamrock as a teaching tool. Then there’s the “wearin’ of the green”. The original color associated with St. Patrick was blue. Then there’s the farmers’ influence again. It is a traditional day for planting peas. Cabbage was also planted on this day, but the tradition was that you planted them in your nightclothes! All this is fine and dandy if you don’t live in the upper mid-west.
As to the first day of Spring, along with the cows, the Master Weathermaker doesn’t pay much attention to clocks either. It’s hard to plant when it’s snowing or the fields are muddy.
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I'm Pete Vanderpool and that's My Educated Guess.