The calendar turned over and it is officially February. I loathe February. I have always found this “short” month to be one of the LONGEST most annoying months of the year. This year is NO EXCEPTION. Now, before you start worrying about my overall mental health, breathe and read. I have had these feelings for years, and I am sure you have a month that feels impossible too. I compiled a list of why this month is so yucky for me.
1. Groundhog’s Day: Yep, I find this tradition worthless. Phil is often wrong, for one. As a child, I woke up excited on Groundhog’s Day praying that winter was over because, you know, I hate winter. Most of the time the weather man would declare that the groundhog went back in his hole and we would have 6 more LONG weeks of winter. The few times he stayed out, South Dakota still got 5 feet of snow each week until April. Plus, everyone has a different idea about which one is which: Is it 6 more weeks of winter if he sees his shadow or if he doesn’t? I have heard it both ways and everyone is pretty adamant that they are correct. I say, “I don’t care.” February 2 is over, so let’s forget about this silly tradition for another year. (Pinterest and the stupid groundhog shaped meatloaf and cupcakes, don’t help my love of this event.)
2. Valentine’s Day: I am a mother and teacher. If the full moon isn’t enough to get kids COMPLETELY off track, Valentine’s Day doesn’t help things at all. Kids who have been pent-up inside for winter all of a sudden ingest buckets of sugar and exchange love notes? Enough said.
3. It’s FREAKING Cold! I know, I know, we have had some wonderfully mild winters lately. However, I HATE any temp below 55 degrees. Due to my thyroid disorder, my body runs REALLY cold, so I shiver from November to April, sometimes even in May. By February, I have been extremely cold for months, and the idea that I am barely half way through being cold, makes me want to cry buckets and buckets. I dream of living in an affordable state where it stays 70 degrees in the winter and doesn’t get above 90 in the summer. Plus, by February, we have visited all of the good indoor places and there is NOWHERE for my kids to let off the steam that has been building since Christmas. They go nuts, I go nuts, and it is one long month of praying for snow so they will play in it, or praying for sunny days where I can kick them outside with the mud.
4. President’s Day: Why??? What is the point? You want to give me a day off, I will take it, but I still don’t “get it.” Well, I don’t actually hate President’s Day, I don’t understand it. It wouldn’t even have made the list except, the other day, I noticed they sell cards for it. Seriously? I am supposed to send a card because it’s President’s Day????? Um, no.
5. The 28 Day Lie: The fact that it’s the shortest month makes it feel WEEKS longer than 28 days. The days of February creep by so slowly. I long for spring and beautiful weather. The more I long for it, the longer it takes to get here.
As you can see, I HATE February. It is long, cold, and full of “holidays” that don’t really serve a point. I have felt this way for years and it feels good to finally write it out. I am actually a sunny person who looks on the “bright side of life” but for some reason, February brings out the dark clouds. The good news: there’s only 26 more days until March!
Anyone else hate February? Did I leave anything off my list?