It's Groundhog Day!!!!! Punxatawney Phil makes his annual prediction. If he sees his shadow, we'll have six more weeks of winter; if not expect an early spring. He's been predicting this for over 120 years.
Groundhog's Day is a tradition brought by the German immigrants who settled Pennsylvania and has its roots in legend of Candlemas which says, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."
Groundhog's Day is a significant day on my calendar because it was my paternal grandmother's birthday. My dad, the eldest, started the tradition of calling her to ask if she saw her shadow after he left home. His brothers and sisters followed suit as did those of us who followed until her death in 2001 at age 96. That's a lot of phone calls considering that she had 5 kids, a dozen grands and I lost track of the greats long ago.
I actually went to Punxatawney for Ground Hog's Day once back in the late 60s when I was young and foolish (now I'm just old and foolish.) I stopped by my fav pub after work and ran into an old friend. We started talking silliness and, after a few beers, got the "brilliant" idea that we needed to go Punxatawney for the party -- about three hours away. So we did taking along some 'road pop' and snacks. It was fun and really sort of surreal -- not as surreal as Bill Murray's time there in the movie but -- surreal. Jeff and I still laugh about it. In fact, I called him while I was writing this and asked what time we're leaving. He roared because he's down in Florida but said he'd be on the next plane here! LOL Right. Then again, maybe I need to get Shaughnessy out of the kennel so he can go with us. And yes, Jeff is still crazy after all these years! And so am I -- but y'all knew that!!!