happy groundhog day – at last it all makes sense!
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the kinder celebrated the lunar new year
with a fierce painting of a chinese dragon
who will keep us all safe
woody the groundhog was scheduled to emerge this morning
on groundhog day
to predict how much longer winter will stick around
we are now-
about to be hit with a MAJOR snowstorm.
it’s truly a week
to celebrate things
big and small.
in honor of groundhog day:
“what fresh hell is this?!”
-woody the groundhog
in honor of the lunar new year:
“so comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”
– j.r.r. tolkien
in honor of the snow:
“snow day, bring it!”
puxatawny phil with some other (less famous) celebs.
it’s his big day, and one of my favorite fun holidays
no matter what he predicts
about the coming of spring
(*not sure about his accuracy)
i love his spirit.
*the national climatic data center compared U.S. national temperatures from 1988 to 2012 to determine the accuracy of Phil’s predictions, and he’s only been proven correct 39% of the time — significantly worse than chance.
a glimpse into the real story behind the legend.
stays up all night
trying to calculate
exactly when spring will arrive
and is exhausted
when they wake him up
to bring him out
early in the morning
for his official prediction
each february 2nd
on groundhog day.
“i’m so tired…i was up all night trying to round off infinity.”
once in a while
there are those perfect days
when holidays collide
today is one such day
an official snow day from school
a surprise gift from the universe
and i will celebrate both
“today is “ground-hog’s day” in many parts of the united states,
and candlemas day in many other parts of the world.
from time immemorial,
it has been a critical day in the affairs of the weather.
the character of the second of february is
really of much more importance
than whether the first of march comes in like a lion or a lamb.”
the simplest form of the adage is:—
if candlemas day be bright and clear,
there’ll be two winters in that year.
~hartford courant, 1877
image credits: genuinemudpie.org, brownie groundhog, the february fox, by susan blackaby