February claims certain distinctions among the months of the year. It is the shortest month of the year, we celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, we commemorate Presidents Washington and Lincoln. The groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicts how much longer winter will last in February. The Old Farmer’s Almanac humorously captures the many sides of the second month of the year. “Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes. Fine and dandy for Valentine candy. Snow spittin’; if you’re not mitten-smitten, you’ll be frostbitten! By jing-y feels spring-y.” This February, even if the groundhog says winter lasts six more weeks, let us not feel the doldrums of a long and cold season. Let us be grateful for what February does offer to us; opportunities to shower our loved ones with affection, play in the snow and watch for the hint of spring.
by Bridgette Powers, OSB