Not So Fast, Groundhog

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, thus predicting an early spring. I know this is uplifting for everyone around the country buried in snow, but I’m afraid I have some news that might cast doubt on the groundhog’s forecast.

Riley saw his shadow for the first time this morning. We were walking from the parking lot into school when the discovery happened. He pointed at it, said “Ri-ee” (Riley) and then laughed and tried to catch it as we walked.

This is a perfect example of what is so amazing about parenthood – seeing the wonder in your children’s eyes when they see their shadow or the ocean or Cinderella’s Castle for the first time. Riley was in awe of his shadow, and I was in awe of him.

Riley is a very smart little boy. Just this week, he added whale, straw and mirror to his vocabulary. These are not easy words! All I’m saying is, who are you going to trust with the winter forecast – the smelly, old groundhog or Riley?


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