Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Groundhog of Fate

Happy (belated) Groundhog Day!

Yeah, I’m one of those odd folks who loves to celebrate Groundhog Day. And yes, I do like the movie, but mainly, I just like Groundhog Day.

Why, you may ask? Allow me to explain.

First of all, there’s a sense of history and tradition to Groundhog Day that appeals to me. That it’s a silly history and an even sillier tradition just makes it that much more appealing. But that’s humanity for you.  Because we look to a hibernating rodent, dragged from his well-earned sleep, to tell us what the weather’s going to be. How wonderfully kooky can we get?

Of course, Punxsutawney Phil has as good a track record as most meteorologists, so why not? And he, and his prognosticating kin around the country, give us something we all desperately need.


I know this has been my theme du jour of late. I shan’t delve into the details, merely state unequivocally that if we need anything right now, it’s hope. And Groundhog Day provides it, in full measure. We wait in hope that Phil will declare an early spring. Or, for those skiers and snowmobilers in the crowd, hope that there will be six more gloriously snowy weeks of winter. Either way, we hope. 

And often those hopes are dashed, rather like those of a certain recent Super Bowl team whose name shall go unmentioned (I’m from Georgia, don’t forget, even if I do live as a willing transplant to the snowy northlands). But even when our hopes are dashed, just as in so many things in life, we still can reflect on the hope we felt, and the hope we’ll feel again.

So here’s to the Groundhog. Long may he forecast.  And long may we continue to hope.  

Keith W. Willis (and his groundhog, Guilford), reside in update New York, where six more weeks of winter are not only forecast but pretty much a certainty. Keith is the author of the award-winning fantasy/romance Traitor Knight. Keith lives in hope that his second book, Desperate Knight, will be released in summer 2017. Keith not only has a groundhog, more importantly has a wonderful wife, Patty, who proofreads his work despite the fact that she doesn't really care for fantasy.