In honor of my Pennsylvania roots and my native Punxsutawney parents, I am obligated to wish everyone a Happy Ground Hog Day. According to the news, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, and that means 6 more weeks of winter. Of course, if he doesn’t see his shadow the other option is “spring is just around the corner.” Well, that’s a fairly undefined expression, so it doesn’t make much difference if Phil doesn’t see his shadow. Six weeks, around the corner:it’s pretty much a wash.
Still, a small town in Pennsylvania gets its annual day of fame and boosts its economy with the events of February 2. So, Happy Groundhog Day one and all.
This photo shows our girls with the statue of Phil in Punxsutawney. The building behind the statue is where Phil is kept all year. There are statues of Phil all over Punxsutawney.