But we're not done yet. We still have to get over the biggest hurdle yet.
Valentine's Day is coming.
Here in the midwest I'm living in a frozen tundra, covered in ice and snow and realizing that frostbite is a very real concern. And while I am very nervous about that kind of weather, it is merely serving as a reflection of my cold, frozen heart as we head into this holiday. It's already taken over retail. I just wanted 90% off candy canes from Target and was assaulted with their red and pink displays.
It's terrible. I hate it. I just want to shop in peace and buy things that aren't heart shaped. And retail is just the beginning! Pretty soon, it'll be a new crop of jewelry commercials, since all the Christmas ones are off the air again. Then it'll be the Hallmark commercials. After that, all those silly Christmas movies playing on television will be romantic comedies. The whole world will morph into one big stupid heart shaped love song until the middle of February when we can all BREATHE again.
After that, we're in the clear until next fall. St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Passover, Memorial Day, Mother's and Father's Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween...it's all family-oriented or meant to be spent with friends. It's perfect. Sure, Sweetest Day falls...somewhere in there? But it's a minor blip of irritation compared to winter holidays. And most people don't get engaged on Sweetest Day, which isn't even a nationally recognized thing! From what I understand, it's pretty regional. (Do you have it where you are, readers?)
We just have to get to February 15th. We can do this. I believe in us.