Happy Groundhog Day!


Today is Groundhog Day and it is also an opportunity for me to explain the reason behind the name, Groundhog Design.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then Spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and Winter will persist for six more weeks.

Today we also remember the infamous Bill Murray movie, where his character relieves the same day (Groundhog Day) over and over again.

So why Groundhog Design? Two reasons: 1) Don’t you wish that you could relive certain days / moments more than once and not just rely on your memory? Examples of these days are my wedding day and the day we bought our condo (which is our first one!) I’m also pretty sure that whenever I have a child, this will be right up there in the top 5 of my ‘best-days-ever.’ And 2) Groundhogs are homebodies! I am an extremely extroverted extrovert, but I really love my home, and I want this home to be my burrow, just like a groundhog’s.

Happy Groundhog Day to everyone. Apparently Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so we are well on our way to a happy, happy Spring!

Illustration by Andrew Ellis as part of a Bill Murray tribute postcard pack.


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