Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Der Frühling kommt

Feb. 2nd may seem like any other ordinary day, but after the never-ending snow and below freezing weather that has overtaken Kentuckiana this winter, I was anxious to see the results of one famous groundhog's first post-hibernation expedition.

Punxsutawney Phil's prediction may seem like a silly tradition, but for people who take the event seriously, the results can play a significant part in decision making during upcoming weeks. For instance, knowing when winter will end can help determine when to go on vacation, when to pack up your sweaters/snow boots and, most importantly, when you can go outdoors for anything other than work or food.

Before everyone gets too excited about ‘ol Phil’s prediction of an early spring, let’s take a moment to appreciate winter’s highlights including:

  • The holidays
  • Hot chocolate
  • Shopping for sweaters and boots (which you pack up for 8-9 months)
  • Snowball fights
  • The Superbowl
  • Snow days (for some of us)

And let’s not forget my personal favorite, not having to mow the lawn. So as we anticipate the early arrival of spring, remember to enjoy winter’s benefits. While there may not be many, you only get to enjoy them a few months out of the year.