Groundhog’s Day for Grandpa

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Groundhog’s Day was always a special day in my house growing up. My dad and I started celebrating it purely because it is silly! Come on – a rodent is essentially celebrated with festivals, fully sanctioned fan clubs and even a movie. And this is all to tell us there will be more winter. Well, hello…it’s February 2, so it’s pretty certain there will be more winter.

You gotta admit that’s crazy and hilarious! Needless to say, my dad and I shared the same sarcastic and quirky sense of humor, which was evident from my very early years. He even signed me up for the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. As an adult, every February 2, he would call me early in the morning to say Happy Groundhog’s Day and we’d discuss whether or not Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

Way before I had kids, I would make Groundhog Day cupcakes and bring them into the office for my coworkers. It was fun to brighten people’s day and give them a chuckle. In fact, people I worked with five, 10, 15 years ago still remember the cupcakes.

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The traditional Groundhog’s Day cupcakes.

Now, I make a smaller batch just for my girls. I get up early to decorate the kitchen and make sure their Groundhog’s Day cupcakes are ready when they wake up. Cupcakes for breakfast you ask? Absolutely – that’s part of the traditional Groundhog’s Day celebration!

My dad passed away 10 years ago…before I got married and had kids. It will always sting that he never got to meet my girls. Although I know he is watching down on us and laughing at the constant chaos and giggles. I have picture of him hung in my home and talk about my dad all the time.

Part of keeping his memory alive is passing down the Groundhog Day traditions to my daughters. They get excited each year to celebrate Groundhog’s Day in honor of Grandpa. This year, my four-year-old asked me if Grandpa was eating a cupcake for breakfast in heaven. No doubt in my mind he enjoyed a breakfast cupcake (calorie and fat free as all treats are in heaven) and is grinning from ear-to-ear watching my girls continue his traditions.

I promise one day we will celebrate Groundhog’s Day in Gobbler’s Knob with the other crazy fans. In the meantime, we will continue our traditions at home and embrace our silliness. 🙂

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