Ode to Groundhog

Pipestone Flyer

Vol 15, Issue 5, Leduc – Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

So another Groundhog Day has come and gone and still the day has not been declared a national holiday. For years now I have been campaigning to have the day declared a holiday.

I had hope when Premier Ed Stelmach held a rushed press conference January 25 but to my disappointment all he did was announce he is eventually stepping down as Premier and not running again. Whoopee! Stop the presses, this has to have been the worst kept secret that Uncle Ed was heading for a crash.

He had the opportunity to become the conquering hero but all he was concerned about was his own agenda. Will we ever get the chance to dress like a Groundhog and dance down the street in our own parade? 

Groundhog Day Supporters (GHS) have always been a persecuted bunch. We are shunned by society and have to secretly meet and practice our cause with the ever present danger of being outed.

We live in fear because society deems our cause as frivolous. We recruit on the sly hiding in dark corners trying to find our fellow kind. We sort of share a common bond with our furry counterparts because they don’t want to come out of there burrows for fear of an owl, coyote or hawk circling around them waiting to strike. We live in similar fear but instead of owls or coyotes we have to be wary of our fellow humans. Too often we are laughed at and told that if they declare Groundhog Day a holiday they would have to grant a holiday for things like “National Flush the Toilet Day.”

We say to this, that too is an important day and maybe we should look at making the May Long Weekend a four day event? We could even throw in Talk Like A Pirate Day at the beginning of the September Long Weekend. Think of the possibilities Matey.

Stelmach could have shown he is a friend of the ground hog, instead he is just another one of the masses that pretends we don’t exist. They think that if they ignore us long enough GHS will go away. 

So if you see someone walk out into the bright sunlight and run back inside after seeing their shadow, then you know they are a GHS. We walk among you and soon our day will come.  When you are enjoying another day off in February make sure to kiss your local ground hog and a GHS.

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