Today was Ground Hog's Day. Ponxatawney Phil did not see his shadow. The legend has it, predicts an early spring. I imagine the folks back east are encouraged. Southern California winters just aren't that awful, even with the occaisional frosty night. But Spring is a good thing. After the bleak winter, no matter how mild, seeing the fulfillment of the promise of spring, is sweet indeed.
In 1993, Bill Murray starred in a movie entitled "Ground Hog's Day". It was about a man who woke up time after time to find himself living the same day over and over. (See below note from Wikipedia).
I am not sure the connection. Perhaps it is about second chances and "do-overs". We call long for spring, a chance to do it all again, to blossom, to grow, to find meaning in life and love.
Perhaps that is the true meaning of Ground Hog's Day. It is another chance to get it right. It is the promise that spring is not far away.
Groundhog Day is a 1993 American comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story by Rubin.
Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant and egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. After indulging in hedonism and numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities.
In 2006, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".