I think we can all comfortably agree that there are a lot of important players in the animal kingdom. We have our lions (who strike fear and reverence in all who see them) dolphins (the Einsteins of the crowd) dogs (mans best friend, obvi) and a whole host of other characters. But, an often unassuming member of the animal world, an animal who is really only given any cache but once a year, is the groundhog.
Each year, come February 2, this tiny little critter has a very very important role to play—the role of determining how far away Spring is. Rumor has it that if the groundhog emerges and sees its shadow on Groundhogs Day, winter will persist for another six weeks whereas if it does not, Spring will soon follow. Understandably, this is a ton of pressure for the poor little guy but somewhere, someone, for some reason, determined that this was a duty he was worthy of and therefore decided to make it be so.
bviously, its not an exact science but, we have grown to rely on this standard of determining whether its time to put our spring clothes away. And needless to say, though the groundhog did not see his shadow this year, were now well through March and I have to say, though Spring is certainly in the air, 50 degrees (to me) does not quite scream spring.
m not the only one who feels this way. In my internet searches, I stumbled upon an entire Buzzfeed post dedicated to this very subject. Turns out, a lot of folks (including the two little guys featured over there, are just the tiniest bit peeved at Punxsutawney Phils (thats the groundhogs name) inaccurate predictions. And I have to say, I dont really blame them. This mornings frigid rain/cold weather combo was one I could have done without.
Bottom line, I hope Spring will come and come quick. Because I for one am ready and waiting.
Til next time,