It's the day after Valentines Day; and this morning I noticed that the expression on the face of one of my figurines was less than happy. He'd been fishing for love and did not "catch" anyone to share the day with him.
Someone who really could identify with this little fisherman, is the lone American Robin who has been visiting my urban garden. I have never seen him/her with a mate; and yesterday, he/she seemed a bit wistful (as evidenced in the following pictures) re the prospect of being alone on Valentines Day.
And when he/she wasn't indulging in wistful thinking, he/she flapped his/her wings,
in apparent frustration. When birds exhibit this behavior, I'm reminded what Cam explained about it in her book, Words In Our Beak Volume One,
which is this: "... the male house finch bird type and I, share a behavior which I’ve observed in humans. They might throw their arms up as a gesture to indicate they are frustrated, or giving up, and our bird types both flap our wings in a similar manner, when we want to indicate these emotions or feelings!"
And she used my images of a male house finch as well as one of her (seen respectively below) to support her point.
Admittedly this behavior in the case of the robin included here is much for subtle, but that may because it was Valentines Day and he might have not felt enthusiastic re most matters, given that he didn't have significant other to be with on Valentines Day.
But, today, Wednesday, February the 15th, might be this robin's, as well as the little fisherman's, day to celebrate. For the day after Valentines Day, is a holiday for for those who are unattached, and without a love in their lives and it is called Singles Awareness Day.
Even though Holiday Insights (HI) acknowledges that Valentines Day celebrates love and romance for those currently in a relationship," they agree that "if you are in between relationships, and without a significant other, you may feel left out. Valentine's Day can be a depressing day. So, the day after Valentine's Day is your day. (It's called) Singles Awareness Day."
HI explains that "Singles Awareness Day traditions are the following: Singles get together. Singles give each other gifts. (Singles) Spend a little time in online dating sites."
Moreover, HI goes on to reassure the single creature that, "You can celebrate and enjoy the fact that you are unattached." – Indeed, dear reader, there's life after Valentines Day!