Monday, February 1, 2010

February



I know it's supposed to be a terrible month, February I mean. Here in the American midatlantic it's deep winter, cold, drab, and though the daylight is increasing, it's still more dark than light.

Perhaps it has something to do with my contrarian nature, but - I love February. It's my birthday month, for one thing, so that sets it apart. It's the month that includes Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, and Valentine's Day, when it's customary to tell the people you love how much you care. What's not to love about that? The frenzy of the holiday season is long past, and the upsurge of springtime energy is not yet palpable. It's a quiet month, the last month here in DC when it's OK to stay indoors reading all day. In March things start popping outside, the life force, springtime energy begins to rise, making it impossible to be serene. But in February, it's OK to sleep late, to languish about in your jammies until mid-morning, listen to music, drink tea.

It's the shortest month even on leap years when February gets an extra day. That makes the month quite unique. Did you know February is Marijuana Awareness Month? It is. It's also Library Lovers Month, International Boost Self Esteem Month, and National Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month, whatever that means. I didn't make up any of those, really I didn't!

Oh yeah, I love February. Welcome to my favorite month!

26 comments:

John Hayes said...

I like February insofar as it's not January! Plus, the redwinged blackbirds are back, so contrary to all external evidence, a change is beginning to occur. Interesting about the birthday month--I wonder if most people's favorite month is their birthday month--it would make sense.

Whitney Lee said...

I feel like January is the month of recovery from the holidays and the last month where it's appropriate to lounge. February always feels like the time to clean out the cobwebs inside to prepare for spring. It always feels like the best time for me to finish clearing out, organizing, and cleaning the inside so I'll be ready to play outside as the days grow warmer. I've always felt like February is one of those bonus months, like it gives me extra time.

By the way, some of my very favorite people are born in February! Lets you know how some people celebrated May Day...

ellen abbott said...

Although I'm done with winter, I am not ready for it to be February yet. I need at least one more week of January.

Joanne said...

I love the winter months, with their inclination to stay inside in the comfort of home. January's my fave with the immediate quiet after the holidays, but February is a close 2nd.

Linda Sue said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH! The best people born! February is usually the most dismal month here, though because of unseasonal weather due to El nino it is all springy and bright- warmish! I love this trend!I am going to a party at the week end- all, except for me, are february babes! I will drink a toast to you and pass the bubbler around...( NOt bubbly- you read correctly- bubbler)

JC said...

I've always like February. My Dad's bday was on the 13th which made it fun. It also means that Winter is almost over and Spring is on the way ... it least it seems like it to me.

Susan said...

I get laughed at for my attitude that February marks the beginning of the end of winter. But it does - the light's different, the storms don't last.
It's okay by me. And the fact that it's your birthday month is just another point in its favor.
Love the "luxur" bus!

The Bug said...

The best part of February is that it's the jumping off point for MY birthday LOL.

JOY said...

It's also my wedding anniversay month on Valentine's Day. Lots of fun days to celebrate. I'm happy it's February because January is over, one month of winter gone! And yes, I love permission to sit on the couch, drink tea and read! (I'm jealous that DC starts twitching spring awake in March!)

willow said...

I really enjoy January. The hectic holiday season is over, it's a snuggly, woolly socks month. I hate to see it go, but Februrary's not bad, either, since it's still winter! me + winter = :)

Tom said...

hmmm. Birthday month is good. Here in Northern Indiana, there is just tooo much winter left to gloss over Feb.... March is beyond drab and April finds us longing for less cold wet windy and more green lush sunny. But i'll try to put a positive spin on it.

Reya Mellicker said...

No need, Tom. There's room for many opinions here.

JC, MY birthday is the 13th as well! Very cool.

lakeviewer said...

Mine too: We were engaged on Valentine's.

Pam said...

Unlike most of your comments I'm a February birthday girl in the Southern Hemisphere where it's really hot this time of year.I wonder what it would be like to have a snowy winter-white birthday.Any time I have been overseas it has always been around October/November including the U.S. One day maybe! Happy Birthday month Reya.

Dan Gurney said...

I wasn't aware

that anyone wasn't aware

of mawareijuana.

steven said...

february is groundhog day month and that carries it for me. knowing it's the reyawoman's birthday - well that adds colour and substance to it for sure!!! i'm not quite done with this winter though. i'm waiting for it to pick up the pace a little and show its true colours. seems all coy and standoffish to be honest. have a sweet dc evening. steven

Reya Mellicker said...

Dan you're so funny.

and Pam, I would love to come to your landscape and celebrate my birthday in summer weather, someetime.

Delwyn said...

HI Reya

Feb has always been my favourite month here in the southern hemisphere...

it means lazy long sultry
summer days

school is back after 6-8 weeks holiday -ahhh peace for mothers
and quiet beaches and walks

the holiday makers have gone back to where they came from, the town is mellow...

the year begins with good intentions

new classes, courses, start and activities begin...

we slide into another year on the warm tail of easterly breezes...

Happy days

Meri said...

Interesting comment from John -- here in the Pacific NW, the redwing blackbirds don't come to the pond until early May. And Whitney and I are on the same wave length. I actually hired an organizer to come help me organize the basement and the garage. I am paring down, organizing, making everything streamlined. So welcome, February!

Ronda Laveen said...

I love February too! In fact, my birthday is today. I kick this month right off into high gear.

In my area it is more like Marijuana Awareness Minute.

C.M. Jackson said...

reya

happy birthday --february is one month closer to spring! c

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I too have long been a fan of february and now that I know all that february celebrates, I think my appreciation was heightened!

okay gotta run and go pull my sofa away from the wall!

happy february!!!!

Steve said...

"Pull your sofa off the wall month"????

I still have trouble hanging around the house all day, even in February. I get antsy if I don't get outside at least once. Just a quick walk with the dogs will do -- something to get my blood moving.

Reya Mellicker said...

Ronda!! Ha.

Steve I always get out for a walk. Always.

Deborah said...

sending my fave
edna st. vincent millay poem
separately
so many perfect images
in a sing song poem
which informed my young adulthood

also coming the first of the Chronicles and a place for them
later today

all my love

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I'm a February b'day woman, too. In fact, Mike and I spent two of my birthdays in London-cold, wet, dull but that didn't deter us or lessen the celebratory nature of our trip--nice to be so close to Valentine's Day, too.