I totally forgot about Groundhog Day until I flicked on the TV this morning and the perky newscaster people were chirping on about how the Groundhog saw his shadow this morning and we’re in for six more weeks of winter.
On my way to work this morning, I was thinking about it and there are just so many things I don’t get about Groundhog Day.
1) Why is this even a day of note? Like it’s marked on calendars and stuff, but what purpose does it really serve? I mean it’s really just a filler holiday like Arbour Day, April Fools Day or Flag Day, where we’re given the illusion of festivity but no actual time off. And really, if I don’t get a day off, what the hell do I care?
2) Why is it a Groundhog? I mean why not something cooler or more interesting like a fox, a porcupine or even a really scrappy badger?
3) Why does seeing its shadow mean another six weeks of winter? I mean if it’s seeing its shadow doesn’t that mean that it’s sunny and wouldn’t it be more reasonable to deduce that spring is just around the corner?
4) Living in Canada, when has a Groundhog seeing its shadow on a given day ever actually meant anything? Because from every year I can remember, the six week thing means nothing. Part of being a Canadian is having an S&M relationship with Mother Nature – She pummels the $h!t out of us and we stick around because, in spite of the pain, we kind of enjoy it.
I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something and Groundhog Day is significant in some way, but as far as I can tell, the only thing it’s been good for so far is producing a surrealistic comedy with Bill Murray.