Did you know that the ides means middle? So the Ides of March means the middle of March. I don’t think Shakespeare had any idea of how influential this phrase would become when he first wrote it but it seems to have stuck as a day of doom.
I had a English Teacher in High School, Mrs. Fulton, at the time I ended up becoming her TA or teachers assistant. I have to say I’m not usually a teachers pet but I really enjoyed my time correcting quizzes or updating journal counts. It also gave me time to catch up on a lot of homework that I had from other classes.
When she became pregnant with her first child the next year I was her TA again… Don’t ask how I managed to TA two times for the same teacher two years in a row… (I suspect it was because I was so good Hahaha.) I think I have even heard whispers of how no TA would ever come near to my skills… XD
If I’m being honest I can’t remember very much of what I actually learned from English literature (I do remember reading…. a freaking lot.) But what will stick with me the most was the relaxed days of being a TA, silly as it sounds. I can clearly remember walking into the room and going to my special drawer that had a file that was usually filled with my task for the day. And if it was empty I would either clean the white board or return to my desk in the back to settle down for my homework. Did I learn anything from it? Probably not that much but it did show me how satisfying it could be to be helpful to someone who really needed it.
What does the Ides of March mean to me? A phrase we learned from Julius Ceasar about a warning from some fortune teller. What does it remind me of? Being a TA.