I took the picture of this little guy in our yard last October
Phil and I were woken up by someone very early this morning. As we stumbled outside, rubbing our bleary eyes, we caught a dim glimpse of a preposterous looking man wearing a tophat. But then, we saw our shadow! And according to the Punxsutawney branch of the Hartzlers, that means that spring is this weekend!!! But seriously, what do our groundhog and our little robot have in common? The animal rights organization PETA has accused the Punxsutawney Groundhog club of inhumane treatment of Punxutawney Phil. Saying that groundhogs are extremly shy, and that Phil is exposed to large, screaming crowds, flash photography, and excessive handling. PETA's solution? A robot groundhog! No kidding. They may have a point, as Phil has tried several times to escape, and bit the Mayor of New York last year. On the other hand, most people around here want to shoot groundhogs. But Phil has a climate controlled burrough, and is kept fattened up, so he sort of lives the Life Of Riley! Our time on earth is short, but not compared to the life of a groundhog. They live about two to six years in the wild, so I have no idea how many Phils there have been. What do you think? Shall we have Robot Day instead of Groundhog Day? Send me your comments. And let me know if you saw your shadow upon going out today!
"O Lord, what is man that you care for him,
the son of man that you think of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days are like a fleeting shadow." Psalm 144:3