Groundhog Might Be Mistaken
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Start of Lent
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the Lord, your God. "
Today is Ash Wednesday. But instead of black ash on my forehead, I had white snow when I shoveled snow from our garage for the 6th time this season. So who's counting, no not the Groundhog which predicted last Saturday that we are half-way from the end of winter, but me.
Last Saturday was Groundhog Day. And if you think we are the only race who are superstitious, think again.
What is Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
So this year, we might have more winterdays ahead! Counting today, and the prediction for several days thereafter of more snow, the groundhog might be right after all!
Apparently, the Canadian version said something differently last Saturday. Double Ugh!!!
US on the left, Canada on the right. Something really to make our winter blues more bearable.
The only other thing to look forward to and prepare is the Season of Lent which starts today.