Love is a fire, and it burns everyone, it disfigures everyone, it is the world's excuse for being ugly, not my words but words from an author.... February is Black History Month, and February also hosts Valentine's Day, and there is rarely any overlap between the two.
For Black History Month, we celebrate Black culture and Black achievements, Musicians, Singer, Actors, Inventors and of course Business Owners.
Whenever one thinks of Valentine one conjures up images of Roses, Chocolate, Love, and Dinner dates.... What is your February story?
My February story happened two years ago, on Valentine's Day, one of the coldest days I had experienced in a long time. I was home ill with the flu, and at around 8 p.m., I heard my doorbell ringing like it was a crazy person playing with the bell. I have a personal rule to always answer the doorbell and answer my phone no matter what. At the other end of the intercom, someone was screaming that my neighbor, my friend who I love, who named my salon....that his house was on fire.
Now you have to remember I am sick in bed and in no condition to be outdoors on the coldest night ever. However, I wrapped myself up and dashed down the stairs, thinking my God what is happening. By this time, I hear the fire trucks coming from everywhere. The other neighbors crowded onto the streets, and the house was blazing red. I could not believe it; I was in tears for my friend, I finally found him. He was wearing shorts, t-shirt and house slippers. Someone was handing him a coat, boots, scarf, and hat, while other people were offering him somewhere to stay.
My friend is a songwriter and a Grammy award winner and someone we should celebrate during Black History Month. Undoubtedly, Valentine's Day love for my neighbor was in the air.
We all hope that on this Valentine's Day and during this Black History Month, my friend will be able to move back to his home.
My charge for Black History Month and Valentine's Day is that you will find balance and celebrate the month with PURPOSE.