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Writing Prompt – Groundhog Day

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, Candlemas, and the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. You can read more about Groundhog Day’s origins here. Did you know that, originally, a hedgehog predicted the length of winter?

I think it’s generally assumed that people hope the groundhog will fail to see its shadow and usher in an early spring, but I think that depends a little on where you live. I’m betting most Minnesotans are eager for spring to arrive as soon as possible. For many of us here in Florida, the cooler, drier winter air is a desirable respite from the typical sweltering heat.

What do you think? Do you have any particularly special memories associated with winter over spring or vice versa? Has your opinion of the seasons changed as you’ve moved to different locations or as you have aged? Do you pay any attention to Groundhog Day?

Write about your memories and thoughts of this time of the year when the days begin to lengthen and winter fades into spring. Then, post them for all of us to enjoy.

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