Like Anne Shirley, my birthday is in March. Unlike Ms. Shirley, though, I like my March birthday enough to keep it. As she says in Anne of Avonlea:
If my parents had consulted me it would never have happened then. I should have chosen to be born in spring, of course. It must be delightful to come into the world with the mayflowers and violets. You would always feel that you were their foster sister. But since I didn’t, the next best thing is to celebrate my birthday in the spring.
Technically, my March birthday is the first day of Spring. It also takes place at a lower latitude than Ms. Shirley’s. Sometimes it’s very spring-like, and sometimes it’s not. Last year, for example, my area received several inches of snow on my birthday, forcing me to postpone the early spring 5K trail race I organize (it was scheduled for a few days later, but the park shut down because of the snow). That was an enormous pain.
This year, I had high hopes for a warm, spring-like birthday, considering the fact that this winter was the warmest one on record. Alas, Mother Nature had other plans. We’re getting snow again, but thankfully, not as much as the weathermen (and women) predicted originally.
The good news is that the 1,000+ bulbs I planted last fall — because I’m crazy and I needed something to make me look forward to turning 35 — are coming up! They are mostly daffodils and early snow glories. Plus, the magnolia that usually blooms in April is at the height of its beauty.
It’s a lovely day to turn 35.
For my birthday, I’ve made Amelia Elkins Elkins, my modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, free today and tomorrow (click here). It’s fun to watch the stats. It’s even more fun to think that some people who download it might actually give it a read. 🙂
Have a great day!
PS. That’s my adorable nephew next to some of our snow glories.
PPS. This cold snap won’t be good for my magnolia, but at least we got to enjoy its blooms for a few days.