Friday, February 26, 2010

I HAVE A DREAM

FEBRUARY SUCKS
February, true to form, has been rearing its ugly head and showing us just how incredibly stinky it can be.  Let it be said, here and now:  FEBRUARY SUCKS!

I usually like to keep this blog full of rainbows and sunshine, puffy hearts and glitter, flowers and big smiley faces.  You get the idea.  I’m not a stranger to a good rant now and again but for the most part, I like to forget keeping it real and instead keep it hopeful in these pages.  But not today.  Sorry, peeps but I can’t let this one go by without screaming at the top of my lungs, shaking my fists and shooting something.  Now where’s my gun?  Somebody get my gun.

Daddy and I flew to Indiana for an unscheduled trip last weekend.  His best friend since grade school passed away after a long illness.   Maintaining a friendship for a lifetime is so rare these days.  It says a lot to me about both men that they’ve managed to remain a part of each other’s lives despite life and all its busy nonsense.  I have known this wonderful man and his family all my life.  He was the father of seven children.  His older children were my babysitters when our parents went out and I grew up with the younger kids.  They were there with us when my mother died and I was honored to be there with them in their time of grief.

Some might say that his passing was a blessing in light of his suffering.  And that may be so but February in all its SUCKINESS stepped in like only February can.  You see this family was still reeling from the tragic loss of his 17 year old grandson only 8 days before his death.  A grandson, a son, a brother, a friend to many, a Senior in high school, an athlete, by all accounts a great kid: Gone in the blink of an eye.

This family had a funeral for a family member 3 out of  4 Saturdays in February.  (An aunt had died the week prior.)  They always say that God never gives you more than you can handle.  This may be true but do we really have to be tested like this?  When I get to Heaven (and I know I’m going coz I’m so pure of heart and all), I’m going to have a lot of questions for the BIG GUY upstairs.  I just can’t wrap my head around this.

If you are new here, let me recap the crap that February has dumped on us in the past.

2004:
  • My mother died
  • My husband’s grandmother died 4 days later.
  • My husband had emergency surgery between the two funerals 1200 miles from home.
  • Upon our return home from the funerals, MHS wrecked his truck.  Thankfully, February cut us some slack and no one was injured.
And these were just the worst of it.  Every February since then has sucked.  And this year has been no exception.  (See above)

So here’s what I’m proposing:

Let’s change to an eleven month year and just move right from January to March.  Sure, there are those of you who have birthdays in February.  No worries, we’ll just move your birthday to that same day in March.  There are all sorts of bonuses to my plan.  We will no longer have to deal with leap year and all its confusion.  No more stress about a relationship status-appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day.   No worries about spending the big V Day alone. No more doghouse for forgetful husbands.  No more of those stupid, chalky hearts that say cutesy little sentiments.  (I might miss those)  We can eat chocolate in March.  Oh and let’s not forget that February tends to dump a lot of snow up North just about the time they are sick and tired of winter and its stinkiness.  The advantages are endless, I tell ya.

So peeps, are ya with me? Can we get this movement started?  Who do I call?  Should we start with the US?  North America?  I say, “GO BIG OR GO HOME!”  Let’s change the world.  We can do it.  YES.WE.CAN! 

Now just sign on this dotted line:

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38 comments:

The Lone Star Queen said...

Works for me. I never liked February much anyway! Sorry you had such a bad month. Just say "YES WE CAN"!

Brian Miller said...

sorry to hear how rough february was. never easy to say good bye much less have all the rest mixed in. only 2 more days. smiles.

injaynesworld said...

Okay, I'm in. I never had much use for February and all its bullshit holidays. Plus, you're right. It's too wet and cold.

So very sorry for the loss of your friend. Hugs... Jayne

Linda said...

I am so in!

Lori said...

I'm with ya. Couldn't agree more - Feb. sucks. Hubs and I just spent 30 minutes skyping a college aged son whose stuck in the cold, snowy north and ready to bail because he's maxed out on February. Well - actually winter, but whose counting? Anyway Feb. sucks - totally.

Jan said...

Oh, SMB - I'm so sorry. For what it's worth, I agree 1000%: February sucks like a bucket of ticks. I hate it and will gladly join you in your campaign to eliminate it all together.

Snappy Di said...

If we cut out February then no one born during this month would have a birthday. It would be like Leap Year every year for all of us February people so I don't like your 'let's just fuh ged about February' plan.

boooo hisssss.

Erin P said...

First, your cartoon is PERFECT. I think February is the worst month for all the same reasons. And, I have an idea for those February birthdays: they get to move them BACK as many months as they want, and pick a nice April or June birthday...and get to be nearly a year younger in the process!

My Feb. has sucked in so many ways as well, and to be honest, it has for years. (The ex was at his worst in the winter depression by then, so it was like being in HELL for years.)
Just show me where to sign.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I don't know. YOU know I usually agree with you on everything..but Pat was born on Feb. 28th.
Shoot, I bet he wouldn't care if he were here! He would have understood completely! He was never huge on birthdays anyway or any holiday for that matter.

You would have loved Patrick, SMB..
I can just hear him laughing if he were to read this, then he would have given you a big bear hug and said, sure we'll sign.
Hugs,
Mona

Reader Wil said...

February is the shortest month!
We got our salary after 28 days instead of half a week later.
February has Valentine's Day, which is great.
February already shows sighs of spring coming soon.
May be that will help you? Besides without sadness no happiness!
I am looking forward to sunshine!

Tessa said...

Count me in, SMB. February is an awkward cuss of a month, too. I mean, why 28 days? So dump it, say I, and good riddance to bad rubbish.

Sucks like a bucket of ticks, Jan? Laughing my ass off!

idgtm said...

I'm with you, babe. February is hard all around. Monday is a new week, day and month.

I'm sorry for all your losses.

XOX

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so sorry you have had such a rough history with Februarys. Also, very sorry for your family losses.
I don't know about elimimation of Feb though. February is like Mondays in suckiness. However if your removed Mondays then Tuesday would just move into the
# one sucky position.
I can see where you are coming from but would hate that we would just be trading a nice short month in for another sucky month with even more days. Will follow your movement with interest.

Duchess said...

That's okay. You can just skip my birthday altogther. I reckon I am old enough.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Oh SMB, sorry the suckfest has continued. Send me the petition. I'll sign it!

only a movie said...

I would love to cancel February. Although... March isn't the best either.
Looking forward to some bunnies, rainbows, and lollipops any day now. xo

otin said...

Jaime from Red Red Whine and you should get together. Just after she had told me that she hated the Valentine season because something bad always happens, then her Grandfather passed away.

I am sorry for all of your heartbreak that you have had to go through :(

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

SMB..thank you for your comment on the house. I try! So many things that have been gifts from my children, grands and friends and my precious Mom over the years. I have to keep my "stuff!" Thanks for making me feel better though... :)

tera said...

I never really thought of it before, but boy, it sounds like February does indeed have mass suckage!
Hugs to you and yours, friends and family alike.
Raise a glass and toast to March!

midlifeslices said...

I actually look forward to February because we've got 2 birthdays and we finally have that really cold weather that we don't normally have but this year.....other than the birthdays....it's been sucky WET cold weather and I'd be willing to give up my February in exchange for 2 Aprils. Is that too much to ask?

Laura said...

There's an award waiting for you in my blog. :)

rxBambi said...

Oh my gosh I'm sorry for the news, but I have to tell you that February of even years is what gets me. Odd years are usually okay. Although, today is the last stinking day of feb and nothing happened to me this year. Wow. Only 5 more hours to watch out. I just hope fate hasn't moved it on to March...

blueviolet said...

That's just too much at once and I'm sorry!!! I lost my MIL, my FIL, and my own dad all in 9 months about 2 years ago. I was never so glad to see that year pass by.

Again, I'm so sorry!

Gaston Studio said...

So sorry about your loss and I'm with you on cancelling February... after I convince my grandson to move his birthday, okay?

JOE TODD said...

And you don't even live in Ohio LOL
What I liked best about Feb.( Left Hilton Head a day early because they were predicting 4 inches of snow) Oz Girl has a little something on her blog that might "Cheer" you up

Heather said...

I a soo with you on this. I have been sick most of Feb. so yeah, lets do away with it! Hubby won't like loosing his Vday birthday, but oh well!

Sandy said...

In our family it's the month of November. Sorry for all the sadness you've gone through recently.

♥ Braja said...

You said chocolate....

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I'm so sorry, SMB. Tough times. Only good thing, I'm reading this in March. You've made it through another one. May you find some peace this month.

KrippledWarrior said...

Once Monday and Tuesday are done, The calendar still reads WTF

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Tresa said...

I'll sign on your dotted line. This February felt longer than usual for me, probably because of all the snow.

As if you weren't already in a February funk...then all the sadness with the Justus family. I'm sorry. But now, we MARCH into spring! YAY!

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Tony Letts said...

The words of 'American Pie' support you
"But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn't take one more step...."

Fragrant Liar said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss, SMB. February has sucked for me too, and I've been inexplicably busy -- thank god.

Okay, so I'll sign on the dotted line for axing February. But, what am I trading off for? Hey, wait, is that a guy with horns standing behind you?

Oz Girl said...

I'm with ya on this one. Feb definitely sucks.... I lost my most favorite dog in Feb 2004 and my gramps died on my grandparents anniversary in Feb 15 years ago (how sucky is that, although I'm sure he was trying to hold on for that day for my gramma's sake!)

Oh, and I don't like those chalky hearts anyway, so I won't miss them, just like I won't miss February!

jeanmac said...

Wow, February is not your friend! So sorry to hear of your loss. Maybe spring will arrive soon and only good things will happen. Sending love. Jean

Cristin said...

Oh,I agree. February can suck it.

I'd be happy to skip it all together, even though my daughter has a birthday in Feb. she's young enough, she won't notice if we change it.

So happy that March is here.