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Oh! The Stories We Tell!

When I was a kid we would decorate the bulletin boards in the class room with lions or lambs. If March came in like a lion, that meant a winter storm was to be expected the first few days of the month. This typically also meant that we’d be out of school, for in those days school was closed due to inclement weather. (After all, I grew up in Minnesota). If it came in like a lamb, it was mild. Maybe early spring temperatures and even the peeking out of spring blossoms like daffodils and crocus flowers. If Easter was in March, and we had lamb type weather, egg hunting was typically held outside, making use of small piles of snow scattered around to hide eggs. What types of spring activities do you share with your family? Do you have traditions that you have passed down from generation to generation? Telling stories, sharing recipes, and celebrating holidays are ways to continue the traditions started by those before us.

March is also National Women’s History Month. Who do you think of when you reflect on women who have shaped history? Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Gertrude Stein are some of the many women who have had an impact on our world. These women have stories to tell that have affected the history of our country. They share insight to how our lives were and have been changed through the years. Imagine how different our world would be if these stories were not shared. To discover more about Women’s History month, check out the National Women’s History Alliance website.

Storytelling is also commemorated by remembering Dr Seuss on March 2. He wrote so many books. The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I can remember reading his books as a kid. All those rhymes. Makes me think of the good times. Many of us read his books as children and we have passed the stories down to our children and grandkids as well. They are all time favorites. Which book is your favorite? My dad’s favorite was “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”.

Keep telling stories. March, April, May, it doesn’t matter what you say. Just keep on telling stories, every day.

- Joan Lebigot, REALTOR®

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