February brings us Groundhog Day, an 1800’s European tradition, previously known as Badger Day, whereby the animal emerges from its burrow and predicts the arrival of Spring, based on it’s shadow.
The popularity of this day grew with the 1993 movie by the same name, which used “Groundhog Day” as a term that meant repeating something over and over. How fitting, as we enter the third February of the pandemic, repeating this exhaustive and draining cycle, as if stuck on replay.
Along with all healthcare workers, RT’s have felt no reprieve, with each day seemingly replicated from the day prior. When will this end? Spring must be close.
As Bill Murray said “There is no way that this winter is ever going to end as long as the groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped.”
On February 2, 2022, Wiarton Willie, the famous Ontario groundhog, did not see his shadow and therefore has predicted an early spring.
In history, all pandemics end. Winter ends.
Spring will come.