In Like a Lion… by A J Best

From Christina: I am ready for spring, but instead of warm, sunlit days, the forecasters are predicting more miserable weather in the midwest this weekend.  Although this latest winter storm hasn’t hit our area yet, the outlook is gloomy — maybe as much as 8″ of snow. As if we haven’t already had enough of the cold, white stuff! Fortunately, friendships always warm the heart, and I’m grateful to A J Best for dropping by to brighten my day with a timely reminder that, sooner or later, spring really will come.

In Like a Lion…

by A J Best

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb? Well, it certainly is roaring out there. But when you live as close to Canada as I do, that’s to be expected.  Unfortunately, the lion’s breath is not one of warmth and floral beauty.

Lion and Lamb

In like a lion…out like a lamb, or in like a lamb…out like a lion.

Where did this saying come from I hear you ask.  I’m glad you did because honestly I can’t remember and I’d like to know. So hold on a sec and let me go check this out.

 Note from Christina: While A J is humming the Jeopardy theme song, I thought you might want to hum along.

 Jeopardy Theme

According to Sandi at the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s just a hope that if something starts out rough and grumbly like a lion, it will end peaceful and sunny.

“Old wives” say the reverse is often true about the month, and if March begins like a gentle lamb, we can expect a cold spell to follow and the month will blow out like a wild beast.

So basically it’s just old lore. Here are more “old wives” tales I like:

  •  Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning sailors take warning.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • Feed a cold, starve a fever.

 The funniest tale I’ve heard is about sneezing If you sneeze on these days:

  • Monday means danger.
  • Tuesday means you will kiss a stranger.
  • Wednesday means you will receive a letter.
  • Thursday means something better is coming
  • Friday means sorrow.
  • Saturday means you will see your love tomorrow.
  • Sunday means that the devil will be in control over you all week long.

Tell me some of your favorite sayings and old wives tales.

13 thoughts on “In Like a Lion… by A J Best

  1. Nice one, Tami! Now I just have one problem… what does it say about somebody who is a perpetual sneezer like me with my allergies?
    Do they kiss a stranger and bring danger upon themselves because afterwards they get an anonymous letter that they have been caught? But then suddenly it turns out that it was just a bluff, so things look better – until, of course, they realize they’d been stupid all along, and cause sorrow by feeling guilty. Then they meet up with their love and deny everything when confronted – which attracts the devil’s attention. He whisks them away to do his bidding and reveals that they had actually kissed him in disguise and it had all been some perfidious plan. 😉

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