That is why Groundhog Day gives me such enjoyment. Americans love to read about the "strange customs" of other people. I wonder how many of them give the same thought to themselves.
Once a year, they gather together in a small town in Pennsylvania, with much ceremony, to see if some poor groundhog by the name of Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow or not. TV networks in the States broadcast this live every February 2.
To my readers in Europe and Down Under, I am not making this up. (there are several other regional groundhog weather forecasters, including Staten Island Chuck in New York City. But P. Phil is the most famous.)
This is what our local groundhog would have seen today, in my neighborhood in upstate New York.
This is NOT Punxutawney Phil.
This year he (and Chuck) did not see his shadow, meaning we will have an early spring. Or will we? Last year, the groundhogs saw their shadows, meaning six more weeks of winter. Of course, then, we had the warmest spring on record.
I must admit, I do not have many warm and fuzzy feelings when it comes to groundhogs. They have eaten too much of my gardens over the years for me to ever do anything nice for them.
It's true the sustainable lifestyle means paying close attention to the clues Nature gives us, but I think dragging one out so it can see its shadow on live TV is a bit much.
Do you believe groundhogs can predict when spring will come?