Wednesday, February 2, 2011
We can view Groundhog Day in at least two ways.
(1) We can recall the movie "Groundhog Day" and recall Yogi Berra's famous words, "It's deja vu all over again." The same thing over and over again. We can pull out our yellowing class notes and deliver the same class. We can relive the same faculty meeting debating the same issues.
(2) Or, we can recall that the day marks the half way point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. We might know that in ancient times, the holiday was the time when the Roman farmers carried torches to the top of the hill to encourage the newness of spring to come. We might know that in some traditional Christian circles, the day is known as Candlemas day, recalling the tradition of those Roman farmers. For us it can be a day of anticipation and renewal. A time to move from the past to a hopeful future.
Happy Groundhog Day! P.S. My daughter Laura was born on Groundhog Day. Today she is in Punxsutawney, PA with the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil celebrating the occasion.