I know it’s odd, but today is a minor holiday in our home. These are the traditions we observe:
- Mom running to the TV, only to find that she has once again missed the televised coverage of Gobbler’s Knob. (it won’t happen today. It won’t. It won’t.)
- Making Groundhog cupcakes. Find the recipe here. Unfortunately, our move is interfering with my ability to make these this year.
- Watching the movie “Groundhog Day.”
Here are some favorite quotes from the movie:
“This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”“People like blood sausage too, people are morons.”[to the groundhog who he’s holding behind the wheel of the truck he’s driving] “Don’t drive angry. Do not drive angry.”
And of course there’s Needlenosed Ned, Ned the Head, Ned Ryerson. Bing!
For those of you who have not seen it, “Groundhog Day” is the story of Phil Conners, a weatherman from Pittsburgh who ends up reliving Groundhog Day over and over in Punxatawny, PA. It stars Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.
I may be overthinking it, but this movie reminds me of “A Christmas Carol” a little bit. Remember Ebenezer Scrooge, resolute but terrified, insisting to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, “a life can be made right!!”? Phil must learn a similar lesson in Punxatawny.
This was originally posted on 2/2/07.