Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day

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.


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