It was a warm sunny day in the outer plains of California. Seven miles away in a burrow was a Ground Hog named David sleeping away happy as a clown. David had no worries. Then one day a man dressed in a charcoal suit and a very tall shiny hat came and took David out of his hole and put him in a cage. David, feeling very frightened had no idea what was happing, he could barely even open his eyes to see what was going on. Then the man got into his black shiny, just washed van and drove back to the city. After what seemed like just minutes, the van stopped and David could hear people cheering his name. The man opened the van very slowly, grabbed David and placed him down on the very cold ground to see if his shadow would appear. Anticipation built, you could hear a pin drop at that moment, but sadly no shadow appeared. Then the man walked up on to the podium and announced, “There will be 6 more weeks of winter.” The people were so sad, some even cried. So the man placed David into his cage, got into the van and drove back placing him carefully into his burrow. David thought, “What in the world was that all about?” and he went blissfully back to sleeping.
Spring arrived and all the animals are rested and enjoying their children playing in the fields of wildflowers. David pops his head out of his burrow and sees all his friends playing and running around. He can’t wait to get out there! Tummy growling, he pops some leaves from a nearby bush into his mouth and takes off to play with his friends.
Little did David know the same thing would happen to him year after year.
Have a Happy Ground Hog Day!