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Groundhog Day!

by on February 2, 2013

Per Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day , Groundhog Day dates back to the at least the 18th and 19th centuries. For centuries people have been looking to these tiny furry creatures to predict the coming weeks of weather. It’s an unusual custom, and I’ll admit having a bit of trouble “getting into the spirit” of the Hog.

The legend says that if the day dawns cloudy, so that the Groundhog can’t see his shadow, then the spring season should be right around the corner. *YAY* If the day dawns bright and sunny, and the Groundhog sees his shadow, then we are in for another six weeks of winter. *BOO* With the Deep Freeze that so much of the nation has experienced this winter, I can imagine that most of us are desperately praying for Spring’s warmer air.

It sounds silly, but many people take this tradition very seriously. Thousands of people gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania every year to watch for Punxsutawney Phil to crawl from his burrow. Movies have even been made about it! Do you remember the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day? Bill Murray spent an hour and a half reliving the same nightmarish day over and over until he learned how to be a good person.  The illustrious groundhog was even mentioned in the children’s movies, Bambi II and Rise of the Guardians.

So clearly, this event should be touted as a great holiday amongst our people! I believe we should petition Congress for a federal holiday declaration (it’s not like they are managing to do anything more important at the moment) that way we can all take off work, and throw celebration parties! Perhaps visiting the folks to enjoy Groundhog Day together is in order? It could become the travel industries new “season”….okay….maybe not, but I do hope you have a fantastic day this year, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for clouds!

As always Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance!~Lori

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