Saturday, February 1, 2014

Great - or not so great - Expectations

February 1st is a day of expectation in the State of Pennsylvania. It is the eve of Groundhog's Day, a day when the folks of Punxsutawny, PA, present the state's most well-nurtured groundhog for the annual prognostication of the length of winter. If he sees his shadow and runs back into his shelter, we are doomed to six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't, we will most likely have six more weeks of winter as well. It's an old folk tale that has become the center of an all-town celebration at a time when people in the cold Northeast need to celebrate.