Right after waking up this morning, my husband wished me a ‘Happy Ground Hog’s Day!’ In the midst of our early morning routine I had forgotten about this mid winter holiday. While making coffee and lunches for school, I found a live feed from Pennsylvania of the Celebration and watched for a few brief minutes.
As the kids were rising there was discussion about this being a silly holiday. One comment about the ground hog always being right because it is either 6 more weeks of winter or 6 more weeks until spring, just some silly semantics. I am sure I will also find a host of ground hog memes popping up on social media today.
Despite the naysayers, Ground Hog’s Day reminds us of a very important point…… Celebrate! When I was a kid, my mom was always celebrating small achievements or special events. On St. Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day we came to expect green or red mashed potatoes with dinner. Once for no apparent reason other than it was a nice day, she made waffles topped with ice cream for dinner! When winter is dragging out and spirits are low, we hold our annual ‘cheeseburger night’. We crank up the heat in the house, pull out the shorts, throw a picnic blanket on the floor, grill out some burgers and make some virgin strawberry pina coladas. Throw in some Jimmy Buffet music and let the fun begin.
What can you celebrate this week? What can you do to make one day stand out from the rest? Did someone get a good grade at school? Did someone land a new contract or client at work? Is it someone’s half birthday? I am sure that with a little creativity you will find a reason to celebrate; let us know what it is in the comments. The best part is that you don’t even need a ground hog to do it!