by Ben Dover
published February 2017
The modern legend of Punxsutawney
Phil, the famous
groundhog, since 1887, might be
considered to have some validity
by believers located in the state
of Pennsylvania. It is a wonderful
falsity, and a thing that creates
hilarity for some. There is a huge
celebration each second day of
February in that state, and I certainly
applaud its existence.
I don't suppose it is important,
nor even germane to include all
of the claims, suppositions and
other contributory stories that attend
this celebration. I do know
however that this celebration is
real and if you don't believe the
facts involved, you might just be
stricken by the Yahoodie bug. So
there! If Phil sees his shadow, we
are going to have six more weeks
of winter, and that is that! Incidentally,
according to record, he
has been right about one half of
the time. Just a little history there.
One of the unique facts about
the date, Feb. 2, lies in the fact that
my own son was born on that date.
The story involved with his christening
and naming seems to refer
to the groundhog story in part.
When I was five years old. My
mother gave birth to a baby boy.
The folks named him Phillip Edmund.
Well, eleven months later
that child died of Scarlet Fever
and Double Pneumonia. My older
brother and I then added the
names Phillip and Edmund to our
own names. I then became Bernard
Louis Edmund Raiche. (One
of my reasons for using the name
When I became twenty five years
of age, I married and fathered a
daughter and a son. I named that
son, Phillip Edmund II. Since he
was born on the second day of
February, the name seemed to fit in
more ways than one. He also then
became my reason for identifying
with groundhog day.
Isn't it interesting
how we Americans seem to
identify and compare things that in
other countries might not have reason
for concern at all? Anyway, I
celebrate my son's birthday along
with remembering that today must
be also celebrated and officially
named as Groundhog Day.
Have a nice day ...