Feb. 2 is just another day to some, but to others it determines what the next six weeks will entail. This year Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow which means six more weeks of winter! And I have already heard and seen people complain on social media.
Now, I’m a pretty realistic person and I don’t know about you but I totally saw this coming! The weathermen, who are usually wrong, were actually pretty accurate about the latest winter storms; even last year the winter weather seemed to come later than usual. It baffles me how people get annoyed with the winter weather because when winter comes it is pretty much expected that snow is not far behind.
I can understand the excitement of wanting spring to come sooner because, personally, spring is my favorite season. When you start complaining and getting mad with the results of a groundhog’s shadow, that’s where I draw the line! No matter what Punxsutawney Phil says, winter will always last a certain number of days, at least when thinking astronomically. It is understood that by the ‘end’ of winter sometimes it is already warmer and there is a lack of snow, but that doesn’t change the fact that the season hasn’t changed yet on the calendar. Winter will always be the season for snow whether it comes or not; a groundhog won’t change the weather.
Although I must say it is a really cute tradition that keeps people entertained and on their toes, I just don’t think it should be taken that seriously.
Since six more weeks is what has been predicted, however, let’s focus on some positive things that can be taken from this. There is the fashion statement of layering, big sweaters, the comfort of sweatpants and hoodies and all the different boots. There is also the hot chocolate, snow days and staying in to cuddle up and watch a movie or read a good book.
There are a lot of positives that can come out of winter (especially since winter is the season you can be lazy and it is perfectly reasonable) and we shouldn’t complain about things we don’t have control over. So let’s all get through the next couple of weeks and then we can enjoy all the beauty of spring!