Each year, I am required to do a Ground Hog Day post. I am obligated because of my family heritage. Both my parents were born in Punxsutawney, home to Punxsutawney Phil. Since life is even more hectic than usual, this will be just a cursory meeting of my obligation.
I was talking with Mom on the phone last night. She said that there has been some controversy regarding the care of Phil in Punxsutawney. Can you believe it, PETA has taken notice of Phil!? Here’s a link to the bru-ha-ha. For the record, Phil is in better living conditions than some children in the state of Pennsylvania. PETA need not worry for his comfort.
Finally, here’s news of the prognosticator’s prediction. Phil saw his shadow–6 more weeks of winter. But think about it, the choices are: he sees his shadow, then there’s 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, then spring’s just around the corner. There’s not too much difference between 6 weeks and “just around the corner” is there?
I leave you with photos of my children on our last pilgramage to Punxsutawney in 2007. They have grown, but Punxsutawney is still the same little town about 20 minutes south of where I grew up.