Punxsutawney Phil says we are going to have six more weeks of winter. But Staten Island Chuck predicts an early spring.
Which groundhog to believe?
Although the Phil followers say he has a flawless track record, the truth is, it’s always winter somewhere so he kind of can’t be wrong.
Chuck is a little more humble and has only professed to getting it right 80% of the time, which may explain why he is considered the lesser groundhog of the two.
Regardless of history, the point is today we have conflicting reports and it is a big problem for me for two reasons:
1. If we have 6 more weeks of winter, those are 6 more weeks of dieting I get before I have to face bathing suit season and,
2. Based on the winter we have had so far, I bet my husband on an early spring and I really hate it when he’s right.
Meanwhile, up in Canada, Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie both predicted an early spring so the odds seem to be in favor of that forecast. However, Canadians say the word “about” funny and they seem overly obsessed with maple syrup, so I’m not sure I should put any faith in the prophetic powers of their woodchucks. Alberta’s Balzac Billy slept in so we have no idea what he thinks.
Still, General Beauregard Lee of Georgia, Birmingham Bill of Alabama, Sir Walter Wally of North Carolina, Dunkirk Dave of Dunkirk, NY, Chuckles the Groundhog of Manchester CT, Wynter the Groundhog of Milwaukee, WI, Dover Doug of Dover, PA, Susquehanna Sherman of Mt. Wolf, PA, Poor Richard of York, PA, Jimmy the Groundhog of Sun Prarie, WI, Malverne Mel of Malverne, NY, Holstville Hal of Holtsville NY, and Buckeye Chuck of Marion, OH all agree with Chuck and the Canadian rodents that Spring will come early this year.
That’s a lot of grumpy groundhogs with silly names pulling for Spring.
With that kind of consensus, I’m thinking Phil, who has been doing this since 1886, might be off this year and should start thinking about retirement. I hear Florida is a great place for retired groundhogs.
The best part is, if he gets it wrong down there, they won’t know the difference.