Journaling Ground Hog Day

As a kid growing up in the 1960s in New York, Ground Hog Day was a big thing. February was about the time when we got fed up with wearing winter clothes and shoveling heaves of snow in order to leave our house in the morning. Each February 2nd, we would all sit glued to the television screen awaiting to hear if the sacred ground hog had emerged from its burrow to see its shadow. If the weather was cloudy, and he failed to see his shadow, it meant that winter would soon end. On the other hand, if it was sunny and he saw his shadow, it meant he’d retreat to his burrow and we’d hear the grueling news that winter would ensue for another six weeks.


Having lived in Florida and California for nearly two decades, I forgot about the importance of this holiday in many parts of the country. I was reminded by today’s radio announcement and the reporter’s comment on the day. In fact, I had to pull aside while driving to giggle about his comments about this holiday which apparently originated in the 18th and 19th century as a Pennsylvania German custom.


“Here we are, a few thousand people freezing our buts off waiting to worship a rat,” he reported. I could not help chuckling at his comment.


Aren’t humans a funny breed? What are your thoughts on this day?


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I am a memoirist, essayist, poet and teacher whose passion is keeping a notebook. My notebook is my muse and my alter ego. It contains personal snippets of my life and observations from the world around me. Diarist Anaïs Nin has been a great source of inspiration for me. My hobbies include writing, writing and more writing, but when I have extra time, I enjoy reading, walking, hiking, yoga, working out, cooking and hanging out with my family and Maltese Poodle, Spunky. In order not to become ensconced by the glare of my computer screen, I also teach in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and in various conferences and festivals around the country. My pleasure comes from sharing my joy of journaling with professional writers and anyone interested in writing.

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