During February, “The Month of Love,” I find myself celebrating many important dates and traditions. Let me first say, “Happy Birthday!” to my fellow Aquarians. Secondly, I declare that “I deeply and truly love myself exactly as I am.” And I suppose that the great minds and hearts of the many people born in February are the Universe’s way of balancing it being the shortest month of the year. Think about it … Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon, Dee Alexander, Dennis Redic, Jamika Smith, Don Kelley, Chasity A. Wells, Ernest Pitts, Randal Degroat, Alphonso Rodgers, Asadah Kirkland, and the Queen RedHatter- Mae Young are just a few February born powerhouses I know personally. February 11 is my birthday, as well as Alphonso, Randal, and Ernest.
Additionally, February is Black History Month in America and yes, I Love My People! An abundance of art, culture, history and traditions are emphasized and shared during the 28 or 29 (in Leap Year) days of the month. The creative gifts that African-Americans have contributed, adding tremendous value to life, are celebrated and discussed with an obvious and pride-filled fervor of awareness. Diverse “goings on” are hosted at museums, private homes, schools, churches and local community forums, providing a choice of where and with whom you immerse yourself into the spirit, history, and practices of a great people.
February is also the month I will witness the fruit of my seed (my son Paul Redic) as he graduates from the Salvation Army in Las Vegas, NV. Paul’s choice of this particular school to underscore his life-changing desires has made me a very proud mom.
An added personal joy and my love for learning are fulfilled during the next twelve weeks as a student at the Sunshine Enterprises Community Business Academy. The vision is to grow 200 businesses down 61st Street in Chicago. I desire to be an active stakeholder in the building and development of these businesses.
So, you can see I will be enjoying my “Month of Love” everywhere I go and am looking forward to each of its 28 days. For those of you not feeling it like me, remember you have the official day of love – February 14th, Valentine’s Day – to at least make an effort to love on someone!
Cider Enterprises Owner