Looks like a lamb to me

FTLComm - Tisdale - Monday, March 1, 2004
As the saying goes "If March comes in like a lamb it will go out like a lion." So it looks like the blasts of winter are far from over. The temperature has descended through the day from around -2ºC mid day to -12ºC so perhaps the trend has already begun. Then again someone might suggest that since March first is not over that this is really a day for a lion in sheeps clothing.
My belief, and it is only a belief, because folk saying and beliefs are essentially a form of superstition and though they may have at one time been based on some actual patterns or trends they are almost never a true refleciton of what we can expect. The dumb groundhog thing is simply not born out by actual observation and March's beginning and end are not related other than through the fickle conditions of chance occurance. Despite this cold scientific rhetoric I am declaring today to be that of a lamb, it was warm, the snow was brief and the wind did not plaster us against walls, this was a March lamb.
The cultural baggage that we carry around in the words and phrases of every day language are established by our parents, our community cultural setting and our willingness to accept ourselves for who we are. When you find yourself reciting the little ritual sayings of your mother, your grandfather or an uncle you are in part telling yourself who you are and this is one of the most important elements about a person that can assure an individual of a stable and positive life. There is powerful research to suggest that the loss of culture of an individual or of a group of people in general can have disasterous consequences.
People with strong cultural links and a definite awareness of themselves as part of a cultural community are less likely to involve themselves in drug and alcohol abuse. They are more confident and self assured and when trouble strikes they had dig into their heritage for strength and be able to endure or overcome hardship.
Everyone has a cultural heritage, this does not mean an ethnical stereotype but rather an understanding of ones roots, both family and significant people that surround them as they grow up. Even those who adopt a new community or new place and put themselves into that new setting with the committment of involvement will develop for themselves a cultural identity that will do the trick. It is every parent's responsibility to give their children a bases upon which to build a life. The popular culture of television and the "pop" world is not deep enough to sustain a person and give them a reason to live and a format on which to base their life.
So I will keep on reciting those things my mother would say such as when a knife would fall while setting the table "oh, company coming" nor will I remember the terror on her face when a bird flew into the house. Most of those odd things are buried in our deep inner consciousness, they tell us who and what we are. March came in like a lamb and most assuridly will go out like a lion.

Timothy W. Shire


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