Many folks take a harsh view of February. Due to interminable wintry days that make Spring seem so very far off, they see it as the longest month instead of literally the shortest.
For my part, I am a big fan of February. Just about everything February is suggestive of hope and happiness. So here's wishing one and all a happy February.
February is when the first little flower -- the crocus -- usually pokes its pretty head out of the ground, sometimes right between thin sheets of ice or snow. It heralds all the blooms that will follow not so many weeks distant.
National Bird-Feeding Month. American Heart Month. National Wear Red Day (especially for women and heart health). Groundhog Day. Presidents Day. And in Canada, Family Day and also Flag Day.
Of course, there is the Super Bowl in the good ol' USA the first Sunday of February. To me, the happiest thing about the Super Sunday spectacle is that it means the first stirrings of baseball's Spring Training are only two weeks away.
It is personal to me that so much of February is about heart and the heart. It was just two days after St. Valentine's Day 10 years ago that I had heavy-duty heart surgery -- complete replacement of aortic valve and aortic root -- that made it possible for me to continue my journey into the senior years and to enjoy the blessings of being a grandparent. Yes, my 10th re-birthday is fast approaching.
So Sadie the Superdawg and I are looking to step up our walking this February, and we wish happy hiking to all of you who may be doing the same. Happy trails! And play ball!
© Robert G. Holland 2015
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