February 2, marks the 127th annual Groundhog Day. In case you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, Groundhog Day is when the world famous Punxsutawney Phil (that’s him above),
gets yanked out of emerges from his cozy winter home in the ground to determine if spring is near or if Old Man Winter (I hate that old bastard) will be hanging around for a little longer. The legend goes that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and returns to his burrow, there will be six more long weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, then spring is near. Can you guess which I’m hoping for?
It’s tough being home all day in the winter. It’s too cold to
lock out take the kids outside to play. During the summer, we go swimming, take long walks and go to the park, grill burgers and hot dogs and chill on the deck with a nice cold beer. Life as as a stay-at-home mom during the winter begins to feel like the movie Groundhog Day. You know the one – when Bill Murray’s character, weatherman Phil Connors, is forced to cover Punxsutawney Phil’s weather forecast. In the 1993 movie, Phil (Connors that is) wakes up to the same day over and over and ends up falling in love with his colleague. Anyway I digress. If Punxsutawney Phil makes the correct prediction you’ll hear stay-at-home mom’s cheering everywhere!
But wait, mommas. According to groundhog.org, Phil has only predicted an early spring 15 times since the 1800s. That’s right. Only FIFTEEN TIMES. Can you really blame the guy? I mean, you’re peacefully slumbering and some giant comes and rips you out of your cozy bed and shoves you in front of 40,000 people. I’d run into a hole in the ground too! Which probably explains Phil’s 39% accuracy rate, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The Groundhog Club claims that Phil predicts the correct forecast 100% of the time, but these are the same people who believe the groundhog emerges from a peaceful slumber, bows and waves to the cheering crowd, and then whispers his prognostications to the Club president.You can’t make this stuff up people!