“So, the groundhog comes out of his hole,”
“His burrow,” Grampa corrected.
“Burrow... and sees his shadow and gets scared, runs back in and we get six more weeks of winter, right?” Teddy asked.
“So, why’s he in there in the first place?”
“What wakes him up on February second?”
“He has an inner alarm clock.”
“Like what wakes you up in the morning. Something inside tells you it’s morning, and you wake up.”
“OK... Well, what about his shadow, its scary? He must see his shadow other times.”
“It’s a combination of the cold and hunger. It confuses the groundhog. He knows he’s hungry but the cold makes him sleepier, he gets confused and thinks his shadow is a predator and runs back in.”
“O... K... Well, but why do we have six more weeks of winter?”
“Well, that’s the most amazing part! They didn’t even discover this till recently! Every year on February second, the sun is in the exact position right over the groundhog’s area. If there are no clouds, it reflects off the rocks, and causes a change in the northern sphere that brings on more winter! If there are clouds, spring starts early! And, it can only be perceived by groundhogs!”
“Gosh! Well, I guess that is a big deal! OK, I’ll be waiting in the car!”
Teddy’s dad, George, cleared his throat, “Are you going to tell him that was a pile of crap before you drop him at school?”
“I think I’ll drive Teddy to school today,” George said, grabbing his keys, and heading out the door.
“You did that on purpose didn’t you Dad?” Sandra laughed.
“Yeah, I didn’t feel like going out this morning,” Grampa smiled, turning back to his lovely breakfast and the morning paper.