“Thus have you desired, for I know the inclination of your thought.”
— Ezekiel 11:5
This is the time of year when most people in the eastern part of the country are focusing their attention on Punxsutawney, Pa. I lived in the East most of my life and worked at a job that kept me outside summer and winter. What happens every Feb. 2 can change the weather for the coming spring “in people’s thoughts.” That was the day Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, was to come out of his burrow and if he saw his shadow — as he did this year — he would go back in his burrow and there would be six more weeks of winter weather. If he did not see his shadow, then the weather would start getting warmer and there would be an early spring.
Feb. 2 is a big day of celebration and attracts people from all parts of the world. There was a movie made about the celebration and why the day is so important to the people of that part of the country. The merchants in that part of the country benefit from the results of what happens. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and goes back in the burrow, then the clothing stores will sell more winter clothing. If he doesn’t see his shadow and stays out of his burrow, then the garden equipment merchants make early sales on their products.
We all know that a groundhog cannot forecast the weather, but it is the mindset that comes along with the outcome of the day. When people are expecting six more weeks of winter weather, then their thoughts are on the extended winter. The days seem colder and they long for the six weeks to be over. If Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow, then the mindset is on an early spring and the cold days don’t seem that cold because people’s thoughts are on the anticipated warmer weather...