February 21, 2014

What's Love got to do with it? February is Apple Month ... By Jocelyn Faire

Sometimes my quirky sense of humour gets the best of me ... Life is too short to take things too seriously. I wanted to write well on the theme of love, but the line “What's love got to do with it?” kept popping into my head.

February has been seen as the “Love” month for as long as I can remember. But my curiosity wondered why the Co-op store in my Manitoba hometown also had Feb as Apple month. Why would you highlight wrinkling apples after five months in cold storage? While trying to find out if the fruits were still featured, I checked out a website for National Awareness Themes, and Love did not officially make it on the February list, although it appears to be an American based list. The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation promotes Feb as heart awareness month. Home base for love is the heart, although it may not be the literal pumping muscular organ. One disturbing statistic I found on the Heart and Stroke website is that:

“Every seven minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke” (Statistics Canada, 2011c).
Although love covers a multitude of sins (isn't that scriptural?) it may not clean out your arteries. So if an apple a day keeps the doctor away, perhaps a hug a day, may keep the love flowing. It is sad to me that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death. Don't you wonder how that statistic would translate for the spiritual heart?

My wish is that I will Live every day of my life, not merely be alive. And loving is a healthy exercise for the heart.

If your curiosity is piqued read the themes for the month of Feb. While we are inundated with things we need to be aware of, thank goodness you don't have to try to remember any of these monthly themes.

So “What's love got to do with it?”

Everything, “the earth is full of his unfailing love.” Ps 33:5 NIV.
Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion. Abraham Cowley

February is known as:
While running late may not qualify for cardio, showing love after Valentine's Day is good for the heart.


  1. Fun, informative post! But who wrote it???

  2. Sinus pain awareness month? what next! I like the way you managed to take 'apples' and relate it to hearts... !

  3. Jocelyn Faire wrote it--she's one of the newbies, and likely didn't know the author was not clearly identified. Hope she can figure it out next time.

  4. Glad you figured it out, Jocelyn. Welcome to the blog. I enjoy your voice. :)

  5. Great post Jocelyn. I'm from Manitoba too! Brandon is my hometown. Welcome here. Hope to hear more from you!

  6. It's hard to keep up with all the things we are supposed to celebrate in February! ha ha, interesting post, Jocelyn.

    Pam Mytroen

  7. Jocelyn, What a fun posting.

    Enjoyed your unique look at February's usual 'love' theme.

  8. I enjoyed this, Jocelyn. Thanks.


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