Officially the last full month of winter.

Get ready.

Get set.

Bluebonnets (sans blooms) showing up in droves.

Teasing us.

Could be a bumper crop this year.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

’Tis February.

The shortest month of the year.

Por que?

They believe February always had 28 days ever since the time of King Numa Pompilius.


He was second king of Rome, succeeding Romulus.

Pompilius ruled from 715 to 673 B.C.

Surely you remember.

He decided that a year would have 355 days, the length of 12 lunar cycles.

Back then, even numbers were considered unlucky.

So, he created seven months with 29 days, and four with 31.

Ah, it’s good to be king.

Makes no sense to me.

You can blame the Romans for the short month.

February has 28 days most of the time.

And 29 days some of the time.

The Roman name, Februarius, comes from the Latin februum.

Which means purification.

Februa being a purification ritual held under the full moon (Feb. 15).

So says Trusty Webster.

Around the world, the name of the month varies.

And means many things:

Solmonath (mud month).

Kalemonath (month of the cabbage).

Helmikuu (month of the pearl).

Luty (month of hard frost).

Sechko (month of cutting down trees).

Unor (month of submerging of river ice).

However one says it, it’s here.


Second month of the New Year.

And might fly by as fast as January.

Who’s to know.

Who’s to say.

Time and tide wait for no man [from St Marher in 1225 A.D.].

Quoted afterwards by Chaucer (1343-1400).

And nothing has changed since then.

So carpe diem.

Until time’s up.

That’s Mason.


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Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster. 


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