While “March Madness” usually refers to the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, I’m going to write about different kinds of March Madness.
Yesterday, I spoke with people about how many losses and deaths we had experienced in the month of March. It seemed like madness when we listed the beloved relatives and friends who had passed away during this one month.
Is it madness that I had this conversation with my dear friend, Megan?
Me: My father died in March, but I can’t believe how many people you’ve lost in March.
Megan: It’s crazy!
Me: It’s traumatizing! I’ll tell you what. In the future, if it looks like I’m going to die in the month of March, I’ll make sure they keep me on life support until I make it to April.
Megan (laughing): Thank you!
Me: Then maybe I’ll die on April 1st. I think that’s a good day to die.
Is it madness to talk about our own deaths and to laugh about loss? For me, it helps dispel the madness.
How are you dealing with this year’s madnesses in March? Personally, I’m glad U.S. students and their families are marching for their lives in March. It’s madness that there’s so much gun violence in the United States.
Was it madness for me to take any of these March photos?
Thanks to all the heroes of the day who helped me create this March Madness blog post and — of course! — to YOU.