Thursday, February 1, 2018

Happy Groundhog Day, Americans!

Not so Happy for Canadians!

For those of you who have never had the joy of living in a land with four distinct seasons: Winter, More Winter, Even More Winter, and Mud/Mosquito/Road Construction Season; you may not have heard of Groundhog Day.

In the United States and Canada, Groundhog Day is on February 2. That would be today. According to tradition, townsfolk would gather around a groundhog’s burrow on February 2, and wait for the little rodent to come out. If he emerges from his burrow, then that year will have an early spring. If it sees its shadow and retreats back into the burrow, then there will be six more weeks of winter.

But where I live on the Canadian prairies, it is -15 (5) and all of the wise groundhogs are imitating the humans and staying in their homes. Which is fine with us, because we know that no matter what those little rodents see or don’t see if they are brave (or foolish) enough to poke their noses outside on a cold day like today, we will still be buried under snow six weeks from now.

This is an artistic rendering of the front door of a typical groundhog dwelling in Canada in February:
Shhhhhhush!!! They are all still sleeping. Come back in April . . . .

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