Will you be ready?
I have always loved Groundhog Day. And really, what's not to love? It is ancient and mysterious and comes without any fanfare in your local shopping emporium! It gives us some hope in the grip of winter, something fun and joyful and silly and profound. It made for a great movie, too.
I'm not exactly sure how I managed to find a groundhog cookie cutter, but if you're feeling the need I see there's a similar one here. I can't recommend the new recipe I tried for chocolate-espresso shortbread (way too dry), but if a deep dip in dark chocolate to represent that peek out from the burrow isn't appropriate AND taste-saving I don't know what is.
We'll be having fondue for dinner on Saturday, in front of a roaring fire and with that certain perfect movie on screen.
And I'll be thinking of my dad, who passed away 14 years ago on Feb 2. I cannot believe it has been that long. I still miss him and think of him every day. And yet it's a little easier every year to smile when I think about all the jokes he would have made about passing away on Groundhog Day -- really, he would have found that endlessly amusing.
Celebrate the day, won't you? And let's hope he does not see his shadow....