Once again, it’s time for Valentine’s Day, when we think about our loved ones, exchange cards and gifts, and eat too much chocolate. It has grown in popularity, and commercialism, since the mid 1800’s.
Romance writers are very fond of Valentine’s Day because it’s about love, but Valentine’s Day isn’t the only holiday in February. This year, we also have Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, which falls on Valentine’s Day. It’s also National Organ Donors Day. There’s a message in there somewhere -- maybe about eating too much chocolate?The 15th is Singles Awareness Day. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that single people are aware of the fact.
Here in the United States, we also have Groundhog Day in February, as well as George Washington’s birthday, and Abraham Lincoln’s. Maybe because the 12th is Lincoln’s birthday, it’s also National Lost Penny Day where people are encouraged to search for loose change. Turn over those sofa cushions?
One list I saw had seventy-three different awareness and celebration days in February, a heavy load for a month that only has twenty-eight days. February 1st was No Politics Day. I’m sorry I missed that one. The 3rd was Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. I’m really sorry I missed that one. Some days have so many celebrations and remembrances listed, you could exhaust yourself trying to take part in them all.
It occurred to me that anyone could declare any kind of national awareness day they wanted to. Therefore, I’m going to declare February 14th as Give A Romance Writer A Hug Day. How about you? What kind of day would you like to declare?
Patricia Forsythe is the author of many romances, both traditionally and electronically published. Her most recent Harlequin Heartwarming releases were in the Oklahoma Girls series; At Odds With The Midwife, The Husband She Can’t Forget, and His Twin Baby Surprise.