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the story of an invisible girl
Happy Groundhogs!
As many of my friends know by now, Groundhog Day is my favorite holiday.  I have been told by a few friends that they think of me on groundhog's day....  and I love that my weird obsessions make people associate this silly little holiday with me.

So YAY, it's Groundhog Day, and a happy day to all my friends online!

This morning I wished everyone at work a happy groundhog day, and I think I was largely ignored.  Sort of a "blink and move on" reaction.  Which explains why, when I received a delivery of flowers in the afternoon, people were a bit confused.

"Is it for valentine's day?"  "Is it your anniversary?"

That's when I explained that they were from my husband, to wish me a happy groundhog day.  "Of course."  I then elaborated that it is my favorite holiday.  The guy I was pairing with today, from India, didn't know what the day was.  I  quickly looked up the wikipedia article, and gave him the two-minute overview.  "...so the rodent comes out of the ground, and he predicts whether the winter will end based on whether he sees his shadow.  If he sees his shadow, it scares him so much that he runs back underground, and we have six more weeks of winter."

He nodded uncertainly.  "So did the groundhog say we'd have more winter?" 

"Well, the groundhogs are in disagreement.  Phil, see he's pictured here being held by this man in the tophat, he says we'll have more winter.  But other groundhogs in other towns say we won't.  It doesn't really matter, that's the fun of it, that it's entirely meaningless."

"I see.  And this is your favorite holiday?"

"Yes!  I like it precisely because it's so silly.  I mean, it's all about a rodent predicting the weather.  And it's all inclusive; nobody has to feel bad or excluded.  It isn't for a particular gender, race, nationality, or religion.  Also you don't have to buy gifts, send cards, or eat special food.  It's nothing but silly fun."

"But you make your husband send you flowers?"

"Well I don't make him.  He just decided to.  I think because he enjoys my little obsessions.  Also, he can make all the guys in the office feel bad for not sending their wives flowers for groundhog's day."

"Hmm.  I just won't tell my wife."
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dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: February 3rd, 2012 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Canadians are excluded!

See... if it is cloudy, spring will come early... and if it is sunny, we'll have 6 more weeks of winter... which is the same thing... spring will come early! So, for us Canadians, this holiday is utterly meaningless -- both results are the same.

Though... maybe with global warming, this holiday will start to have meaning... yay global warming!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 4th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is a fun holiday precisely because it is so meaningless! (:
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: February 4th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
That makes sense. :)
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: February 11th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
The whole "six more weeks of winter" used to bug me, because in Canada only six weeks of winter from February 2nd is an early spring.

Then I decided the whole thing was set up as a zinger. If the groundhog sees his shadow we get 6 weeks; if he doesn't we get 9.
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: February 3rd, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your partner is a wise man.
mrs_sweetpeach From: mrs_sweetpeach Date: February 3rd, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Hmm. I just won't tell my wife."


Oh, that's just a fabulous story. And you know I'm one of the people who always thinks about you on Groundhog Day. In fact, knowing it's your favorite holiday is a large part of why I go out of my way to make & post a Groundhog Day card to my flist. :-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 3rd, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww.... yay, thanks!
nishar From: nishar Date: February 4th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you ever been to one of those groundhog day festivals and got your picture with the famous groundhog?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 4th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not yet.... But I will someday!
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