The month of February is best known for Valentine’s Day. But the name of the month itself is taken from the Latin “februum” which means purification and from the word “februa” which refers to the instruments used for purification. These words referred to the month when people were readying themselves for the coming of Spring. This year the words can be interpreted to refer to the coming of the vaccine to purify us against the Covid scourge. The people of the Westside can hope they will be injected for their purification and to protect themselves from an unseen, airborne menace that has reeked havoc all over the globe. So welcome to February and Valentine’s Day and anticipate the coming better days purified in thought and deed because of what we experienced in February.
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