It’s that time of year when I am usually totally completely and absolutely bored with a winter filled with snow, sleet, freezing rain with all the gray days. It is a year that has been filled with the most unusual weather. Now we are already into February and February 1st found us with unusually high temperatures here in Orange County NY. Living in Newburgh for the last twenty some odd years I have been through some really nasty winters. This however has not been one of them. It makes me happy.
Today is Groundhog Day. You might call me odd, but it has been one of my favorite holidays since my children were small. Many years ago we started to celebrate this day more than most families I guess. I always found it more fun to just celebrate something that had more of a connection for us as a unit rather than a commercial aspect to a season. Almost like a secret of sorts. It started when my mother was ill.
I would drop off my girls at school early in the morning that year as I needed to be in two places at once it seemed. They would be safe at school, allowing me to travel an hour and a half to go see my Mom. I would then return by the end of the school day or by dinner if I had the local support of family or friends. That winter this was my routine almost every other day for quite some time.
This particular day, February 2nd, Groundhog Day I returned home and it was announced by my girls that we were all going out to dinner. It was proclaimed that we were celebrating the little furry creature.. The Groundhog! At dinner they were asking about their grandmother and our plans to visit that weekend. It was a difficult time. Then the spirit of the evening changed and I was to receive presents. I was told that Groundhog Day now had a new meaning. Presents on Groundhog Day? Really?
My romantic husband knew that I was having a difficult time with all the driving and juggling of small children and aging ill parents. He had decided to make that day special. A day to remember. At the end of our dinner I was handed a small gift bag with a specially wrapped present. Today is a special day I was told. Enjoy the moment. I opened the present with my girls watching with wide eyes as they had helped to pick out this beautiful bracelet with their dad. It was a bracelet that had a most beautiful message. It said to me I love you!
Now I have become an avid fan of the movie Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil is a legend in his own right. I love to watch the festivities that are associated with the hope that spring is around the corner. Phil is the prognosticator of all prognosticators. I never tire of my furry little friend surfacing each year again and again. Today six more weeks of a warm winter is just fine by me!
Happy Groundhog Day.