Let’s Start the New Year Right … with A Long Overdue Apology to January

If January Looks Sad… it deserves to… Adored one day and welcomed by One and All with Rejoicing and Total Embracement… then only to be Bad Mouthed by us the Rest of the Month!!!!!!

Dear Reader:

Don’t millions of Americans still recall last Saturday night ( well a few million might not remember-too much partying) all the excitement of bringing 2023 in as twelve strikes on the clock clang and January 1 officially began the New Year?

But within a few days… like now, we fickle humans have already turned January into our personal nemesis… blaming everything from diets already gone astray , exercising scratched from our daily goal to-do list, spending more time with family taken up by that one last drink after work before going home cave-in. The innocent month of January becomes our prodigal dumping bin for all our personal failures.

Over time poor January got so dumped on and blamed for humans’ personal resolutions gone astray… it now has the unfair title of being The Most Depressing Month of the Year. Or ” The Monday of Months.”

By now the whining starts with ” It’s so long, it’s so cold, it’s so financially tight… it’s so boring.”

It’s so long.” Well guess what… there are six more months just as long and no one complains about them… months like May or October ( our favorite month)

” It’s so cold” … seriously is that January’s fault? It’s like telling a baby in the womb they aren’t allowed to come in January because mom isn’t keen making the trip to hospital when it’s so cold and it’s just plain inconvenient.”

” Our checking account is so low… how are we going to make it?” Go look in the mirror and identify the person you see…as the one who completely, in bliss abandonment, way overspent the budgeted holiday amount.

” It’s so boring! ” Boring is as boring does. In my generation growing up ” telling adults you were ” bored ” got you in more trouble than bad language. ( though that was no picnic either.) “I still remember the time telling Grandmother we were bored one summer and before Ben, David or I knew what had happened we each had a rake cleaning out the two mules stables gagging at all the manure and then replacing fresh straw.

I remember Grandmother walking off chuckling… ” Never let it be said my grandchildren were ” bored” staying with me!” ” We can’t have that now… can we?” Very smart woman!

( I honestly don’t know how I survived from not being buried in the manure stables… if stares could kill… I was dead.” ) But… I also was never bored!!!

Starting out the New Year with a virus could have propelled me to sigh and blame January for a ” pity party” but January didn’t make me sick… a random virus did… and I have been beyond lucky not to have been sick before. What a blessed person I am!

I mustered up the emotional courage to start the sad process of taking off the ornaments and lights and Ruthie the Angel from the Christmas Tree. Ruthie got a longer reign than usual -she seems quite content now to return to her comfortable chair.

So until tomorrow… Come on… Give January a chance! Love it for ” What It Is”… time… life! ( Think about this…If once upon a time… on a normal day …if St Peter showed up and told us we would be making ” The Trip” – at the end of January with him … but if we wanted to skip January and go now we could … I have a sneaky feeling … most people would reply how much they love January and would be glad to wait… and be happy it has 31 days! ) 😂

PS I read that the third Monday in January has been dubbed ” Blue Monday” -the most Depressing Day of the Year! Knowing this I plan to wear red that day… and do something FUN !!!! Love you January!!!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to Let’s Start the New Year Right … with A Long Overdue Apology to January

  1. Lisa Register says:

    I LOVE January –I do now since I read your post 🙂

  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    I like January…the very last day is my bday…gotta like it …the 6th child in my family…my Mother threatened to call me “Quitsy” because she was quitting having babies… 😘

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Too cute -love the story-since Jo was over today… I reminded her that she shared a birthday with you. Jo laughed and said all her adult life her mother told her… hers was 30th ( FDR’s birthday) until several years ago so her social security-marriage license etc are still wrong. Her mother said it was close enough. 😂

      Sent from my iPhone

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