Friday Five: Ground Hog Day lessons

Rev Pat Raube, over at the RevGals, offers this Friday Five on Ground Hog day:

 She talks about how this movie changed her perspective on the holiday, a day which the meterologist on a local channel described as the only holiday honoring winter….So, here goes:

1. The Holiday:  On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 representing, “Hey! Stop hating on the most awesome season ever!” and 5 representing, “Green. NOW.”), how much are you hankering for spring? And what is, to you, a true sign that it is actually on its way?

I don’t think of it as a holiday, per se. It’s more like an occasion, an opportunity to be publicly silly as we consider whether or not a groundhog can predict the duration of winter. No doubt I do believe that the animal world has better sense of this than we do, but still this is just silliness. And, I’m okay with that.

Now, regarding spring. I’m not quite ready for it to return, considering we are actually having a REAL winter for a change. But I will be. Come the end of February and I will have had enough! I do hope that this real winter leads to a real spring, that we don’t have a repeat of false spring like we had last year, when we had unseasonably warm weather in March, the fruit trees bloomed and then it froze and killed off much of the cherry and apple crop. So, a real spring, in a timely manner, come April and May, will be perfect.

2. The Film: Seen it? If yes, Love it? Hate it? Meh? Yes. I watch it whenever I happen to be around and it’s on television. It’s silly, but cute. So I fall somewhere toward the like side of  “Meh.”…

3. The Meaning: If you could relive one day of your life, what one would it be?
I can’t think of a single day I’d want to relive over and over until I learned my life lesson. There are probably a few days I could live over and over, but none that I want too…

4. The Meaning, Part 2: If you had to relive one day of your life over and over until you got something right (a la the Bill Murray character in the film), what day would that be? see above…

5. The Meaning, Part 3: If you had to design a life-changing experience for a fairly despicable human being (as is, for example, the Bill Murray character at the film’s start), what would it be? How, given all sorts of unlikely powers to bend time and take control of another person’s personal growth, would you do it? There was a time, when I experienced a couple of people who were acting out in the church in the most unhealthy of ways…if I could have the group relive a day over and over until they understood just how cruel and unhealthy their behavior was, I would certainly do it. But then, I’d  have to be part of it, too, and no way do I want to repeat any of that, ever again.


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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8 Responses to Friday Five: Ground Hog Day lessons

  1. Terri, thanks for playing… I think I might go back a re-word a question, since the first option to relive a day would be more for the pleasure or discovery, a one time deal, and the second is the over and over one…I hadn't thought of the dysfunctional church scenario… sounds like a powerful instructive experience! But yes, then you'd have to be in the middle too… Ugh!All in fun. Have a great Friday.

  2. altar ego says:

    Your answers are along the line of what I would have written if I'd played today. There are some great experiences I wouldn't mind repeating, but I have to say that I have never wished to go back to a particular event, even a joyful one.And yes, real winter! We haven't really had one here, although we do have 1/2 an inch of snow this morning! I hope your spring comes on schedule, and as intended.

  3. Purple says:

    Of a practical matter a bunch of snow would sure help replenish the ground water which would be great before summer comes.

  4. Wendy says:

    The seasons are… unseasonal. I hope this year is better. Not sure I want to be a part of anyone's learning experience.

  5. kdoyle says:

    I used to like winter until 2007/2008, when we got over 100" of snow. I'm ready for spring 🙂

  6. revalli says:

    I like your take and double take on #5. Thanks.

  7. Stratoz says:

    Plants were dizzy with confusion last spring. Hardiness zones are nice, but I think we were fooled to think there is consistency in weather. It changes like everything else, with or without human help.

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