winter: 6 more weeks!
I forgot about the 2nd being Groundhog Day until I saw it in a few papers today. While I don’t think they say this as much anymore, when I was a kid the folklore was that if the groundhog emerges from its burrow, is scared by its own shadow and retreats back inside–more winter. I think nowadays they just measure it by whether it’s clear or cloudy out and the shadow is seen or not. My friend BG had a good question regarding the shadow and how it’s possible for there not to be one with all the media lights.
But going back to the whole scared thing, looking at the above photo one wonders how in the heck the groundhog wouldn’t be not only scared, but traumatized by the whole experience. I wonder if his handlers and caretakers prepare him for this during the rest of the year before he’s coaxed/dragged out of the stump each February. If I recall, groundhogs aren’t naturally passive animals, so I also wonder how many displays of aggression get “edited out” of the media coverage.
And while I do like today’s brief snowfall, I am really not down with a possible 6 more weeks of this cold-weather crap. Especially after Sunday’s big tease. 😐