I woke up this morning, and the first thought that popped into my head was that today is March 15. So, you say? Well…shouldn’t we “beware the Ides of March”? So said the Soothsayer in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. After all, it was a pretty rotten day in 44 B.C. for one Roman guy. Being stabbed in the back is a stroke of fairly bad luck by the consideration of most…and ever since then, we have associated March 15 with bad things. In fact, it might rival that other day of superstition that abounds on the calendar every so often – Friday the 13th.
Prior to the assassination of Caesar, the term “Ides” was just another date on the calendar. The word itself comes from the Latin word “Idus” and means “half division” especially in relation to a month. It is a word that was used in the Roman calendar to indicate the middle of the month. But…after that fateful day, when Caesar turned and said, “et tu, Brute?”, it took on a new and more ominous meaning, especially after the Bard got a hold of it!
Is today the bearer of extra-bad things to come? Or…it is just another day on the calendar where, due to superstition, we take a closer look at things that go wrong? We will leave that up to you to decide.