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In Praise of Groundhog Day

“How do I know there will be a tomorrow? There wasn’t one today!” – Phil Connors, Groundhog Day

Families are strange and wonderful things. In American society, even greatly extended families gather around the table at Thanksgiving, around the tree at Christmas, and around the grill on Independence Day. Further, practically every family has its own unique or at least odd traditions and rhythms around family members’ birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, and the like. However, my wife’s side of the family (the Vance family) has a holiday tradition unlike any other I have ever encountered: The Groundhog Day Party (GDP). Continue reading In Praise of Groundhog Day