As I write this post, I can hardly believe that February has arrived. I fondly, or perhaps not so fondly, call it the short and sweet month. Generally speaking, I like it when people get right to the point, however, February seems to get there all to quickly!
What Happened to January
When the calendar says February 1, I ask myself “What happened to January?” The first month of the new year seems to hold endless potential and possibilities. The holidays are over, goals and plans for the new year are developed and set, and the pace of life seems to slow down.
I enjoy the slower pace with no holidays or other events to celebrate. The cold weather and dancing flames of the fireplace lull me into a relaxed state of mind. I could live in this “state” quite a while actually, but 31 days is all I get. Flip the calendar page and February 1 hits me like a brick! The short and sweet month has arrived and I am not prepared!
Anniversary and Valentines Day
The short and sweet month of February is also one of the busiest for me and most of it happens within the first two weeks. Robby and I got married in February, thinking it would be a great idea to have our anniversary close to Valentines Day.
Well, that was wrong! Every year we compete with all the other “love birds” to get a dinner reservation. In fact, when our daughters were young, we simply celebrated at home with a steak dinner, wine and dessert. Now, with the service industry still reeling from the impact of COVID, “dining in” may once again be our best option!
No need to worry about an anniversary gift because we gave ourselves a DIY master bathroom renovation! Wait, what??? Yes, we blew up our master bathroom and put it back together ourselves! I know, we are weird and I admit that all the labor was done by Robby! LOL (If you’re wondering, YES, there will be a future post on this DIY project!)
As far as Valentines Day, I think I will declare “cards only” for each other and I’ll splurge on a really nice bottle of wine for dinner. Whew, things are looking simple again.
All The Girls
Well, things are never simple with a house or empty nest that was once full of girls. You see girls need valentines from their mom and dad. It has always been our tradition to give our daughters cards and something sweet on Valentines Day. And now, we get the great pleasure of doing the same for our granddaughters.
This task can be a little tricky though because we have to keep everything “equal”. So, two by two is the name of the game. Cards and sweets for our daughters (who live in different states) and absolutely identical cards and sweets for the granddaughters because they will check to see if Mimi and Popi gave them the same thing!
If you have girls, you know what I’m talking about! They are special treasures and as long as I am able, they will get a tangible affirmation of our love for them each February!
The Other Stuff
As if that wasn’t enough, let’s throw in two small group gatherings in our home and two Women’s Bible study meetings of which I am a table leader. Of yeah, let’s not forget that all of the tax information for last year begins arriving in mass in February also!
Good thing I’m organized or I might just jump ship. Actually, Robby and I dearly love the people we “do life” with. They don’t care about the house being perfect, all that matters is time to connect.
The “to do’s” may be many but somehow, it always works out.
When I look at the calendar, I feel the pressure of much to do; however, when I look at the people, I see the potential to love. As Maya Angelou rightly says:
My “people” feeling loved is the most important thing I can do. And that’s the short and sweet of February!