Its February, Where’s the Respect? This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Its February, Where’s the Respect?

 

So its February and I thought I would look around for suitable quotes to herald in the second month of the Gregorian calendar.  Oh, what a bag of woe and complaints I found.

Let’s start with this.

“February is a suitable month for dying.  Everything around is dead, the trees black and frozen so that the appearance of green shoots two months hence seems preposterous, the ground hard and cold, the snow dirty, the winter hateful, hanging on too long.”
–  Anna Quindlen, One True Thin

How cheery!  Death, dead, black, dying….yep.  Eeyore has nothing on Anna Quindlen.  There are many more in that vein but I’m going to pass those by. I might have thought that about a couple of days ago but now?  I’m thaaaat much closer to March but more on that later.  Now how about this one, it totally cracks me up.

“Loud are the thunder drums in the tents of the mountains.
Oh, long, long
Have we eaten chia seeds
and dried deer’s flesh of the summer killing.
We are tired of our huts
and the smoky smell of our clothing.
We are sick with the desire for the sun
And the grass on the mountain.”
–  Paiute Late Winter Song

I can hear it now.  “Damn it I’m tired of deer jerky, you smell of bear fat, the hut stinks.  If I have to eat one more damn seed, I’m gone to puke.  Fat  Groundhog Who Runs Like Rock is looking pretty good to me right now. I want Spring!”   That’s really what that says.  See?  Not so different from the way many of us are feeling now.

Some see it as a mere stepping stone that must be passed over to get to March such as the next quote:

“February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March.”
–  Dr. J. R. Stockton

And so many that remark on the fact that while its our shortest month, it feels like forever, such as these:

“Even though February was the shortest month of the year, sometimes it seemed like the longest.”

― J.D. Robb

and almost word for word

“Even though February was the shortest month of the year, sometimes it seemed like the longest.”

― Lorraine Snelling

“February – the month of love..?!!
No wonder the shortest one in the calendar.”
― Dinesh Kumar Biran

That last, yep. Valentine’s Day. And the ones that like February?  Dreadful, at least not to my taste, such as this one:

“Wan February with weeping cheer,
Whose cold hand guides the youngling year
Down misty roads of mire and rime,
Before thy pale and fitful face
The shrill wind shifts the clouds apace
Through skies the morning scarce may climb.
Thine eyes are thick with heavy tears,
But lit with hopes that light the year’s.”
–  Algernon Charles Swinburne, A Year’s Carols: February

I much prefer the brevity of Robert Byrne’s short winter perspective.

“Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.”” 
–  Robert Byrne

I prefer to look at February as a time of transition, neither winter nor spring.  We have time to plan ahead and still enjoy the season we are currently in or  complain about it if that’s where the time takes you (see me last week when I was snowed in).  Its Black History month which has never been more needed given current race relations, Valentine’s Day which many have a love/hate relationship with, the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day and for a little piece of history, the Supreme Court of the United States met for the first time on February 1, 1790. Plus Abraham Lincoln was born this month. There’s a lot going on in February and still it gets no respect.

So how about a little, hell yeah, happy to see, you, February.  Plan a little, snuggle a little, write and read a little, enjoy it while its here. March is coming, so is Spring, Enjoy the sight of the Snow Junco below the feeders and the Winter Wren warbling merrily away before they leave. I will enjoy my February and plan some changes and read many more books.  I’ll leave you with one more poem (still that Paiute one remains my favorite):

February

February knows his fortune well,
Even in the bitterness of dawn
Breaking in the coldest hour of hell,
Revealing but the worst that must be borne.
Underneath the ice the passions sleep
Ablaze with all the beauty of their burning,
Rendering a richness that will keep
Yet warm within the cavern of his yearning.

© Nicholas Gordon

Now for this week’s schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, January 31:

  • Its February, where’s the respect? This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Louise Lyons ‘Favorite Toy’ book blast and giveaway

Monday, February 1:

  • Book blast and giveaway for Catherine Lievens ‘Benoit’s Christmas Surprise’
  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with Meraki P. Lhyne’s ‘Anchored In Stone (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Second to None by Felice Stevens Blog Tour and  Contest
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Another Way (Another Way #1) by Anna Martin and Narrator Brad Langer
  • A Lila Review: Romanus by Mary Calmes

Tuesday, February 2:

  • Its Release Time for J. Scott Coatsworth’s ‘The Autumn Lands’, a new MM Romance/sci fi/fantasy (excerpt)
  • In the Contemporary Book Spotlight: Lane Hayes ‘A Kind of Truth’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • The Sub Club Continues with Pain Slut by  J.A. Rock (giveaway)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Pain Slut (The Subs Club, #2) by JA Rock
  • A Stella Review: Out! by JL Merrow

Wednesday, February 3:

  • Dusk Peterson ‘The Shining Ones’ Book Blast and Giveaway
  • Heidi Cullinan’s Clockwork Heart Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • A Lila Review: Clockwork Heart by Heidi Cullinan
  • A BJ Review: Stealing Innocents by Cari Waites
  • A PaulB Review: The President’s Husband by Michael Murphy (release day)

Thursday, February 4:

  • In the Spotlight: Alysia Constantine’s ‘Sweet’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Paul B Review: Dangerous Territory by Cari Z
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Dangerous Territory by Cari Z
  • A BJ Review: Mocker of Ravens by Jordan Hawk
  • A MelanieM Review:  Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6) by Rhys Ford
  • A VVivacious Review: Save of the Game by Avon Gale

Friday, February 5:

  • Whistle Blower by Dev Bentham: Book blast and contest
  •  Dreamspinner Tour: Catch a Tiger by the Tail by Charlie Cochet (Guest Post and Tour)
  • A Stella Review: Out of the Past by Sean Michael
  • A Jeri Review: Catch a Tiger by the Tail by Charlie Cochet
  • A F.D. Review: Line and Orbit by Sunny Moraine and Lisa Soem
  • An Ali Review: Keys by Amber Kell (audiobook)

Saturday, February 6:

  • Dreamspinner Press Tour: My Man Walter by J.S. Cook (guest post and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Review: The Case of the Purple Pearl (End Street Detective Agency #5) by Amber Kell and R.J. Scott