Friday, February 02, 2007

Happy Groundhog Day!

Yes, people really do celebrate such an event, on which the great Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day was based. Check it out. My dream is to actually get to Punxatawney, PA some year for the big event!

But for me, it all started when I was a little kid. My dad faithfully indoctrinated me in the Groundhog Day philosophy, and each year, we anticipated the day when hopefully the little beast wouldn't see his shadow. Not seeing his shadow meant spring was just around the corner. If he sees his shadow, you're in for six more weeks of winter. For my dad, that meant six more weeks of working out in the cold.

I guess I made a big enough deal about it that my sweet hubby proposed to me on Groundhog Day. The clever guy. On Saturday night (February 1st), he suggested we go out to breakfast the next morning before church. I should have seen through it. He's not a morning person. But I fell, hook, line and sinker. The next morning he appeared at my apartment, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, much like we hope to see Punxatawney Phil. Like true young lovers, we celebrated our anniversary of dating each month - for us, this fell on the 2nd. I was excited because I had a t-shirt for him, one I'd gotten free with the cologne I'd given him for Christmas. Then it was his turn. He gave me an adorable white teddy bear. With a piece of green yarn around it's neck. With a ring on it. He dropped to one knee, and totally blew me away with the "will you marry me" thing!

So Groundhog Day is both a day to celebrate our engagement as well as a predictor (hopefully) of an early spring! And like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, I'd do it over and over and over again! (Marry my sweet, that is!)

Okay - show of hands! How many of you have seen the movie? Love it or hate it? And how many of you get into Groundhog Day?

21 comments:

Tonja said...

Hate the movie...but I always wait to hear about the shadow. Spring is my fav time of the year. Many more years of happiness to you and your hubby.

Katrina said...

What a sweet story! And I was glad to see that good ol' Phil didn't see his shadow this morning. :)

The movie - I saw it, liked it the first time, but I haven't been able to watch it again. I think it was a once-is-enough kind of movie for me.

The holiday - it's my half-birthday, so when I was little it was always a big deal. Because, after all, 11 and a half is much older than "just 11." Now, I try to avoid aging altogether, but Groundhog Day always reminds me that I'm another half-year older. Oh well...

Happy Groundhog Day!

gail said...

That is a sweet story about your hubby proposing! Fun to read and thanks for sharing that.

The movie, I haven't seen it! Maybe we'll try it sometime.

I bet most people are ready for spring.

Tami Boesiger said...

Groundhog Day is not a big deal at my house, but the movie is. We love it.

Enjoy your day, Dianne!

Tammy said...

First of all, thanks so much for dropping by my place and saying hi! I kept meaning to refind you again too...we always visit the same friends!

This was a fun post to read...I homeschool and I'm going to be doing a little Groundhog stuff with my girls this morning!

Blessings!

Tammy said...

P.S...I forgot to say how much I loved your proposal story!

Susanne said...

I've seen it about 3 times I think. That reminds me, gotta go look and see if it's on t.v. somewhere tonight! (c;

Love your story of how you got engaged. That is so sweet! And both Phil and his Canadian counterpart did not see their shadows this morning.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I think I've seen the movie, a long time ago, but I don't remember much about it. I guess living where I live, it's not as big of a deal. But, wow, if I had gotten engaged on that day, it would be a huge monumental event! How wonderful and how sweet! Congrats to you guys, and happy engagement day :)

P.S. My husband gave me a teddy bear at Christmas that has this little red hat on it. He hid my ring under the hat and he loves to tell the story of how I could never find it. He had unsewn part of the hat and then stitched it back a little. I never even thought to look under the hat! At least your husband was nice enough to hang it out in the open for you to see, LOL!

Have a wonderful day!

Christina Berry said...

You made me laugh...and remember. In Sept. of 1995, my boyfriend and I were celebreating 2 years since our first date. He took me to the Underground Tours--an old west reenactment in Pendleton, OR. Then drove us to the Stonehenge Replica along the Columbia Gorge and went threw the Maryhill Museum, and finally out to dinner. I'd gotten him the Star Wars trilogy and couldn't believe how blah his reaction was. He read a poem he'd written and I was still clueless until he dropped on one knee and showed me the ring. ;-)

Been married for almost 11 years!

Christina Berry said...

Oops! The word verification kept coming up blank and I had to redo my comment a few times. I meant "celebrating" and "through" instead. :-)

And I loved the movie when I saw it back in the day.

Laura said...

Great movie (the idea is fascinating). Love your story. I also like to read about Phil every year. It's very silly, but I love silly things.

twiga92 said...

I really like the movie. I think it's pretty fun to watch. I don't really get into Groundhog Day per se, but it's my hubby's birthday, so we celebrate the day for different reasons!
Happy Engagement Anniversary!

chad said...

Seen it, love it. I have to say my favorite part is where Bill Murry's character just punches the old school chum guy. I know this says way too much about me, but there you go.

Happy anniversary, kinda

Kathryn said...

Liked the movie but there are no groundhogs around here - it's way too cold

Deidre said...

Great post about your husband's proposal. What a sweet memory.

I have seen the movie. It drove me crazy the first time I saw, but now if it's on TV, I can't seem to turn the channel.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Happy "proposal" anniversary! Love that sweet story - any story of a guy dropping to one knee makes me melt!

Not into Groundhog Day here - I guess we know how long and hot the summer is going to be here in TX so we're still enjoying the cool weather! Groundhog Day is like Family Vacation and Princess Bride - they will always bring back memories of "way back when" for me that you just have to re-watch every now and then for old time's sake. So many funny one-liners. Now that I have kids I know only to watch the TV versions, though - otherwise too much fast-forwarding!!

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Loved the movie--but have only watched it once :)

Caiden loves Groundhog Day enough for everybody who doesn't get that into it. He called Mom yesterday to find out what the groundhog "said" about winter. We're true fans :)

Jennifer said...

That is so sweet. I loved reading your story.

I've seen the movie, but it's been a while. I didn't particularly like it, but I do like Bill Murray. Maybe I should watch it again.

Karen said...

Hi Brenda,
Thanks for visiting my site! I just came over to see yours and plan to spend some time reading back and getting to know you. :-)
We like the movie, but it has been quite a long time since we saw it. Might have to rent that one again soon.

Barb said...

I confess I haven't seen that movie. Caddyshack was enough for me. :-)

But I know you New Englanders really get into Groundhog Day. Bev always talks about it this time of year too.

What a sweet proposal. I think it's wonderful that you still get emotional on the anniversary of his proposal. Sweet, sweet story.

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Caiden and I have an ongoing conversation about Groundhogs. He loves that one lives under our shed, I love love Groundhog Day, the real day and the movie. And we're going - two years from now - no matter what. Its just too close to skip it. And if the Groundhog had said, spring is coming early but in the meantime you're going to freeze your tails off, that would have been a more honest prediction.