So if the squirrel comes out of its nest today and sees its shadow, what does that mean? Six more weeks of temperatures in the negative integers? Perhaps the early Spring the weather is now about-facing into this weekend? Does it even matter, or have we all learned our lesson from Buster’s experience last year not to rely on rodents to predict our seasons?
Though the groundhog gets all the fame, fortune and reach arounds from the weirdos in Punxsutawney… it is the squirrel who should be the expert in the meanings of shadows. After all, the word squirrel traces its origins back to at least the ancient Greeks… who combined the root words skia (shadow) and ouro (tail) to form what became the modern English word squirrel. Squirrels are quite literally shadow tailed! How cool is that? Cooler than a stupid groundhog, right?
And that does it for this Candlemas Day edition of Saturday Shadow Tail!
Have a great weekend everyone!