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It’s Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

It’s February 2 … Groundhog Day … and an annual tradition at our home is to watch the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. It’s comical and fun. But it is also reflective as Murray plays a sullen, arrogant, sarcastic weather forecaster who has to make the annual trek to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for the obligatory live television on-location weather report of the groundhog’s prediction for six more weeks of winter or spring will be early.

Reliving the same day over and over gives pessimist Murray the opportunity to gradually move beyond thinking of himself and realizes the good of people when he learns to care for others. It’s a comedy with a moral that we can watch with the family.

By the way, the annual event in Pennsylvania high atop Gobblers Knob this morning brought out Punxsutawney Phil who did not see his shadow and, therefore, proclaimed an early spring is on the way. Wonder if Mother Nature was listening.

Goundhog Day [1], anyone? There’s a marathon of the movie beginning at 11:00 a.m. on AMC that lasts until 2:00am Saturday.