Today is Groundhog Day. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means we are headed for six more weeks of winter. This is not surprising at all, considering that so far we have had zero weeks of winter.
But the groundhog searching for his shadow is only one of two Groundhog Day traditions. The other, equally important rite of Groundhog Day is to watch the classic Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day.” I’ve done this every year for as long as I can remember. (Admittedly, my memory only goes back a couple years).
“Groundhog Day” is a profoundly spiritual movie, and I get something new out of every viewing. On the surface, it is about a big-city weatherman doomed to wake up every morning on February 2, reliving Groundhog Day in dinky Punxsutawney over and over again. At it’s core, the film is about making the most of one’s time on earth and about finding self-purpose through good works.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like “Groundhog Day” is on TV this year. (I could’ve sworn TBS played it on a 24-hour loop last February). No matter, it is available to rent or buy on Amazon. And just think, if you buy it this year, you won’t have to pay for it again on Groundhog Day 2018.