A guest post by Ailie Mooney
In certain parts of Canada and the United States, a groundhog waddling out of his hole on February 2 will see humans gawking at him. Following a tradition of questionable logic, these eager folk are craning to see if the groundhog casts a shadow. If it’s sunny, of course, a plump, round shadow will spread around the groundhog. This should put everyone in a good humor, right? Wrong. It means wintry weather will continue. But, if the day is too cloudy to discern the groundhog’s shadow, sunny spring is near.
Being a Mooney, and therefore of Irish descent, I consider it a birthright to roll my eyes about strange Celtic beliefs. And, begosh and begorrah, yes, this one dates back to the very ancientest of the Celts. On February 2, which they called Candlemas Day, my ancestors contrarily interpreted fair weather as gloomy news, and vice-versa:
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight If Candlemas be cloud and snow Winter will be gone and not come again.
Someone ought to have at least fixed the rhyme in that fourth line.
Thanks Ailie. Check out her blog. Cyd, the protag in dead frog will be doing a guest post on Ailie's blog in the future.
And no, that is not a picture of my niece's fat cat, it is a groundhog, and if it pops its head up around these parts someone might mistake it for a gopher and shoot it!
Okay, back to me. Next blog post: home made chocolate chip cookies, middle grade book club and getting voted off the island ...