Well it’s February, and to be perfectly honest, I believe that this is the month that allows us to recharge and start the new year.  Yes, I know, January is the first month of the year, but January is a recovery month. After the holidays, I take January as a break and recharge my soul.  And, after 2021, recovery in January was much needed.  So, here we go, let’s take on February!

February is known for several celebrations; Black History Month, Groundhog Day, and Valentine’s Day.  There is so much to learn and enjoy this month. 

As a woman raising three white males, I find it important that we learn and appreciate Black History Month.  I want my boys to know what oppression others have experienced and to learn to be compassionate and understanding.  I also believe that we should continue to learn year long.  One month is not enough and we should all strive to grow and make sure history does not repeat itself.  My boys and I also discover new authors and musicians, but we also learn the history and appreciate the men and women who made and are continuing to make a difference.  

Now Groundhog Day is a little silly, but can be such a fun day.  In the morning we watch Punxsutawney Phil and hope he doesn’t see his shadow.  We are not winter people!  Unfortunately this year, Phil saw his shadow and we experienced a huge winter storm, already!  Come on Phil, we need some sunshine!  We finish our Groundhog Day watching the fun movie, Groundhog Day.  It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen it, we still laugh and love it.  

Valentine’s Day is not easy for me or my boys.  Hindsight is 20/20 right?  Well, looking back it probably wasn’t the best idea to have my husband’s funeral on Valentine’s Day.  What was once a very romantic day, has become a day of mourning and loss.  But, we don’t experience that mourning and loss alone and refuse to not celebrate his life, because that man lived to his fullest.  The sadness is always there, but my boys and I find ourselves reflecting on the adventure and love that filled their dad’s heart.  I see so much of his spirit in my boys everyday.  It’s  beautiful to continue to celebrate his life and love.

Even though it’s a short month, February has so much to offer; knowledge, laughter, and love.  Let’s take knowledge, laughter, and love into the rest of the year. This short month is not just time to waste before spring.  This is the time to discover ourselves and our passions. 

About the author

Kellidawn is a widowed mother of three boys .  She is also a favorite of her students and is in her 24th year of teaching high school English in a suburb outside Austin, Texas.  Life is never perfect and Kellidawn shares her unique and uplifting perspective on parenting ,working and how to feel good about yourself every day.  Kellidawn holds two Masters degrees from Louisiana Tech and Lamar University.  While at Louisiana Tech she was the feature twirler and crowned Miss Tech which seems a lifetime ago from her most recent role as Little League baseball Coach.
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