The Ides of March

Happy Ides of March. Does anyone else celebrate, or just me? Every year I retell the violent story of betrayal to my kids. It’s kind of my tradition to kick off spring.

This year the holiday is enhanced, because my daughter’s English class happens to be reading the account in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

One Ides when my children were toddlers, Sesame Street acknowledged the day. Muppet Julius Caesar had a triangle party.

All the little toga-clad muppets showed up carrying triangles. They brought them in all sizes and colors, which Caesar announced from his lounging chair, “Ah Augustus! I see you have a large blue triangle.”

Then Bruté walked in with a number.

The Caesar muppet was aghast, “A two, Bruté?”



6 Responses to “The Ides of March”

  1. roberto Says:

    Sesame Street was a hoot. Hoot, hoot, hoot! It came out when I was in college and “experimenting” with certain substances. Perfect timing. I learned a lot.

    Hell, 92% of the population doesn’t even know what the Ides of March is, let alone celebrate it. They probably would if it involved getting drunk and exposing breasts in exchange for beads.

    You know, there are “ides” of the other months too. It’s basically mid-month. I guess if you’re the type to celebrate hump day, you’d celebrate the ides.

  2. gunky Says:

    no way! that’s awesome. too bad i didn’t tune in to S.S. that morning, as it was certainly on – it’s FINALLY a big hit in our house.

  3. Doreen Says:

    It may surprise you Rob, but I know what the Ides of March is…. before the assassination of Caesar March 15th was merely to mark monthly lunar events- the Ides simply marked the appearance of the full moon.
    It did however assume a whole new identity after the events of 44 BC.

  4. T. Says:

    see rob, doreen actually gets drunk and exposes her breasts in exchange for beads on the ides. me too. any excuse, you know….

  5. Sharon Says:

    LOL!!! Way back when, John actually scheduled his Ph.D. qualifying exams to end on the Ides of March…seemed, somehow, appropriate 🙂

  6. Sharon Says:

    Also, he didn’t die…I especially liked that part!

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