The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martiae, Late Latin: Idus Martii) is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC.
Caesar was assassinated on this day a long, long time ago. Shakespeare lauds this day in his writings. Literature and religions recognize the Ides of March as a day of significance and one to beware.
The soothsayer's warning to Julius Caesar, "Beware the Ides of March," has forever imbued that date with a sense of foreboding. But in Roman times the expression "Ides of March" did not necessarily evoke a dark mood—it was simply the standard way of saying "March 15." Surely such a fanciful expression must signify something more than merely another day of the year? Not so. Even inShakespeare's time, sixteen centuries later, audiences attending his play Julius Caesar wouldn't have blinked twice upon hearing the date called the Ides. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/ides1.html
The Ides of March hails some pretty heavy "stuff". It is historical. It is relevant in the history books. It makes for interesting copy.
Today also marks the mid-way point of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.
Back in the day of Julius Caesar, MS was not a recognized condition. People exhibiting symptoms of what we know as multiple sclerosis were probably burned at the stake or locked in a dark dungeon to be forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind.
Well, guess what?
We're ba-aack! (Just imagine Jack Nicholson from the The Shining.) And we are not going anywhere.
Publicity surrounding the effects of MS is on high alert n the media this month. Debbie Hamm from Apex, North Carolina is all over the news lately. Debbie is a young mother who has openly put up her dukes in her fight against the MonSter. She has been active in causes and campaigns that support MS research since her diagnosis. Everything I have read about this young woman paints the picture of someone who refuses to give up and give in to this condition. She recognizes that there are "bad days even a pedicure cannot salvage", but she continues to participate in MS walks and mentor newly diagnosed individuals in hopes of keeping their spirits alive and knowledge of the condition close at hand.
I have personally participated in several MS walks, but the last (with a very good friend) occurred several years ago and ended with me dragging my right foot to the closest park bench to wait out the end of the day.
I applaud Debbie for her enthusiastic efforts, but recognize my own limitations in supporting MS research.
That is why this March I am not walking in support of MS Awareness, but I am doing my part in the best way for me right now. (Yep, here comes the sales pitch.)
Until the end of March, one dollar per sale of my young adult novel Abby, (The main character's mother is diagnosed with MS) and one dollar of my nonfiction guide to living with multiple sclerosis I Have MS. What' Your Super Power? will be gifted to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
I will pay the postage.
Just e-mail me and I will take of the rest.
So, the Ides of March has a bad rep for horrible events in history. This March is different, though. This March is surrounded by hope. Spring is in the air. Debbie Hamm is walking for MS. Medical research is 'round the clock; and a cure for MS is in the near future.
Julius Caesar may have assassinated in March, now we need to do the same to multiple sclerosis.
Have a good one!