Happy 13th February

I know! I can hear you asking: why is she celebrating the 13th February, a nondescript little day when nothing much happens?

And the answer? I don’t know. Except today, for the first time for almost a year I decided to try to write a blog post. So here I am! The sun is vaguely shining which is good news. Today I wrote a to-do list for the first time in a very long time, and even more amazing, I’ve crossed off some of the things on it.

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This list is empty but mine’s got things on it – honestly! Sadly, it doesn’t include any writing but maybe more of that another day. For today, what of this magical 13th February that has sent me back to my blog?

It’s the day before St Valentine’s Daythree red heart balloons, the day on which St Valentine was said to have been executed in the third century for marrying Christian couples. In prison, he reputedly fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, and before his death wrote a letter which he signed from your Valentine. A day for doomed lovers. if ever there was one!

13th February is also two days after the anniversary of my mother’s death, a date shared with the release of Nelson Mandela. I was watching the news about Mandela when the phone call about my mother came, and the two events remain entwined in my mind, despite one being very personal and sad and the other hugely public and celebratory.

But this is before and after, what about today, 13th?

1542 Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, was executed.

1692 Massacre of Glencoe

1975 Fire at the World Trade Centre

1990 First stage of German reunification

2017 Kim, Jong-Nam, brother of Kim Jong-Un assassinated at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Lots of big, important things have happened down the centuries, but the thing I like best about 13th February is that it’s apparently National Tortellini Day. Who Knew?! I’m definitely having pasta tonight. It won’t be tortellini, but as an Italian chef (who didn’t speak much English but was trying to translate a menu from Italian to English) said to us once pasta is pasta.

 

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. Debbie Young says:

    Hello Lindsay and thank you for livening up 13th February with your post! Great to see you back online here again.
    Best wishes
    Debbiexx

  2. Mary Howell says:

    What a delightful blog post, hope it is the first of many more. I have been virtually blogless and without writing for about a year now, but feel inspired. Happy 2019.

  3. Christine Donovan says:

    I was thinking about you only yesterday and wondering how you are. Happy 13th! Onwards and maybe upwards, and all very best wishes to you xx

  4. Maggie Doyle says:

    How lovely that I made contact with you last night for the first time in a couple of years, and today you write a blog 😀 Wonderful xx

  5. Carol says:

    Hi Lindsay
    Well a list of mixed blessing or doom. So there is something to be said about the number 13 being unlucky.
    Looks like you are going to knock that idea out of the window acheiveing both blog and pasta……
    Such a nice surprise to see your blog pop up…. and email working. 🤗

  6. lynne nugent says:

    And why not celebrate it! Happy 13th to you too. Lovely to hear some positive vibes xxx

  7. Rosemarie says:

    Surprise, surprise! Happy 13th, you’re just revving up for tomorrow! X

  8. Joanne Phillips says:

    Lovely post Lindsay and happy Galentines – Valentine’s Day for women to celebrate their own true friendships, and I’m so lucky to have you as a friend. See you very soon, love Jo.

  9. Debbie Creed says:

    What a lovely treat to see a message from you on my inbox. Here’s to many more you’ve been missed

  10. Linda Sellers says:

    It must be fate – I’m going to an author event tomorrow, and John said “like going to see Lindsay?”. I replied that I wasn’t sure whether you were still writing – but now I am delighted to see that you are! Happy 13th Feb and 14th, 15th and……..

  11. Polly says:

    Good to see you back online and writing, Lindsay. National Tortellini day ‘eh? Hmmm 😀

  12. Lindsay says:

    Wow! How lovely to find all these wonderful, supportive comments. I am so grateful to you for your support and encouragement. They’ve made me want to try harder. Thank you.

  13. Derek Taylor says:

    Wonderful to see you writing again, and making us smile at the list of disasters on this date in history. I know I’m a bit (well, a lot) late witb my comment, but at least that allows me to tell you that there are today two butterflies flickering in the February sunshine of our garden – one a red admirala the other a brimstone, and I feel sure they’re celebrating your return to writing. Congratulations, Lindsay!

  14. Derek Taylor says:

    Wonderful to see you writing again, and making us smile at the list of disasters on this date in history. I know I’m a bit (well, a lot) late witb my comment, but at least that allows me to tell you that there are today two butterflies flickering in the February sunshine of our garden – one a red admirala the other a brimstone, and I feel sure they’re celebrating your return to writing. Congratulations, Lindsay!

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