Groundhog’s Day has to be a southern invention. Someone lower than the 45th Parallel must have created this lore.
The Groundhog sees his shadow and there are only six more WEEKS of winter? He doesn’t see his shadow spring comes EARLIER than this?
Seriously, folks. We in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will see spring in April. No groundhog has to tell us that. Some years we’ll see ice floating on the Keweenaw Bay in May–but that doesn’t really count. Spring arrives in April. That’s when the little wildflowers bloom in the forest and most of the snow drifts have melted.
Apparently, this Groundhog Day story started in Germany. They must see spring much earlier. Or maybe a bunch of people with Cabin Fever started this rumor. One day they noticed a groundhog without a shadow…and, well, you know what Cabin Fever does to one’s mind.
Too much snow and ice can create the wildest stories…
Usually Cabin Fever strikes in March around here.
The rest of the country is hip-hip-hurraying that Spring has finally arrived! They’re talkin’ about cherry blossoms in Washington. They’re giddy with some warm weather.
Up here, we’re digging out from the latest snowstorm. Some of us are still ice fishing on the bay. We’re cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and snowmobiling and wonderin’ what the rest of the country is talking about.
Even if we get a warm spring day in March or April, we don’t get too excited. We dare not! We know there’s a 72% chance of a snowstorm around May 10th. It doesn’t stay on the ground for long…but Winter always sticks out its tongue at us as it departs.
Several of my friends have casually used the “spring” word this week. Of course, one of them is from California, so she can be forgiven.
We simply can’t even allow ourselves to think about spring yet. Winter has barely started! It’s only been around since November.
So, Punxsutawney Phil, we’re sorry. We won’t be following your antics. We won’t be believing your antics.
We know when spring will arrive.
And we won’t be thinking about it until then. (If we do, Cabin Fever might reach epic proportions and we’d never survive…)
Instead, let’s get out and enjoy the snow! Everybody outside, right now!