You don't have to mow the lawn, but you must walk the dog

What’s the purpose of February, anyway? Does anybody ever say it’s their favorite month, or even that they like it?  There are a few special things about February that I like:

  • You don’t have to mow the lawn.
  • Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training
  • No baseball and football.  I’m love both, but I enjoy a month off.
  • School vacation in February  is nice for kids, and parents who can get time off work to be with their kids.
  • Grandparents take care of the grandkids when their kids can’t get time off work.
  • Schools don’t heat their buildings for a week in a very cold month. February vacation started, in the 197o’s, in response to oil crises.
  • Newspapers, who need all the help they can get, run special sections advertising cars.
  • It’s short.

Those nice things don’t make up for the hardships.

  • The weather sucks for the third straight month, and there’s no end in sight.
  • People isolate and get cranky, but still have to walk the dog.
  • Valentine’s Day: Does anyone care who St. Valentine was, what he did, why he was sainted, and then de-sainted a few years ago? Does that stop the florists, candy industry,  and greeting card companies from shaking us down for money.
  • Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays are no longer celebrated on Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays.  February 12 and 22 are nothing. “President’s Day” is just an excuse to go shopping.
  • TV improves because February ratings determine advertising rates for the next quarter.  So after months of nothing to watch, there’s too much. The good specials are on opposite one another.
  • Tax documents have all arrived, and you still haven’t filed.
  • Baseball and football are nowhere in sight.

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