Another week in 2021 has drawn to a close and what I’m hearing a lot of these days is how the pandemic is beating everyone down. I’m not saying that things in life aren’t sometimes trying but remember that how you approach even the most trying of times determines if you find that silver lining that does exist in the midst of even trying times.
In regions where snowfalls are plentiful, February might feel like it will never allow summer to return. Even Groundhog Day at the beginning of the month can feel like a sentence people will forever live in the land of ice and snow, never to see flowers spring again. It’s a struggle for some even with Saint Valentine’s Day slipped in the middle of the month. It’s a short month, too, and some people are of the opinion it’s because it’s a throw-away month in many respects.
Here’s something to think about. February is the month of the Snow Moon, and doesn’t that sound nice? It sounds crisp, for sure, but then again, it’s still winter. But it also sounds romantic, and I don’t necessarily mean the kind of romance that’s built on poorly rhymed poetry meant to create lovelorn looks from across a crowded room.
It brings to mind crackling fires and perhaps beautiful mugs of hot cocoa (or a latte or a cappuccino for those who are inclined to be a little more coffee shop oriented) to warm your hands.
It brings to mind snowfalls with light fluffy flakes floating down from the skies, and making everything look bright and new again, with the occasional hint of color from evergreen trees and red berries in trees beckoning to the birds to stop by and enjoy the feast.
It brings to mind blue skies that are never the blue seen in summer skies, and clouds that glitter and shine in ways that clouds in summer never seem to do.
Yes, the groundhog this year predicted six more weeks of winter, but when you think about it, the first day of Spring actually happens six and a half weeks after Groundhog Day. Knowing that’s true, shouldn’t we just enjoy the fact that Groundhog Day is a nice bit of silliness in the middle of winter meant to help those who are struggling to see an end in sight for what feels like an eternity to them?
So as we close the door on February 2021, remember that it had a charm all its own, and we are now preparing to welcome March 2021 in. Who knows what March will look like, but whatever it looks like, it will have its own specially named moon.
But that Snow Moon coming to a sky near you on the 27th — that belongs to February. Enjoy it because it will be another year before that Snow Moon shows up again.
26 February 2021