February is a strange month.  We begin the month by idolizing a burrowing rodent and bestowing upon him the honor of becoming (without a college degree, mind you) a long-term meteorologist and expecting him to do what even real meteorologists cannot: predict the weather six weeks in advance.  It goes without saying that the tiny creature would rather spend its time in its hole with fellow groundhogs than be the center of attention, if only for one day. 

The middle of the month, we turn romance over to a curly-haired, chubby-cheeked toddler and award him a quiver of arrows with which to shoot perfectly good, law-abiding citizens through the heart in the interest of love.  To pay homage to his little fellow, we purchase red cellophane-wrapped boxes of chocolates, massive bouquets of pink and red flowers, and heart-covered underwear and lacy lingerie to present to our loved ones to whom we utter such phrases as, “Here’s my heart,” and “Be mine, Valentine.”

The month ends with a salute to our Presidents who are depicted as caricatures of themselves masquerading as auto sales representatives and benevolent department store clerks.  This practice probably causes all past Presidents to roll over in their graves.  Nevertheless, people look forward to honoring Presidents in this way because it affords usually hard-working citizens to enjoy a workless day to lounge about in their pajamas.

Yes, February is certainly strange.  In the future, when archaeologists uncover data about life in the 21st century, they will undoubtably shake their heads in disbelief and declare present day Americans to be a very odd culture indeed. 

With this in mind, yet having no connection to the above passages, we bring you six February words to use as your prompt for “unFebruary-like” writing:       groundhog,    second,    leap,    heart,    quiver,    president.     You will notice that none of the words are capitalized.  Therefore, the expectation is for you to use them however you wish.

Please join WordWrites Guild for their February 28th meeting, open to all writers regardless of level or ability.  It offers a opportunity to share writing as well as a chance to, upon request, have writing critiqued.  The next meeting is from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Eubank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library.

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