It's Groundhog day - that day when an oversized rodent is plucked from his cozy hole in the ground and made to endure the torments of flashing cameras and news reporters.
"Mommy, how does the groundhog know how long winter will be?" my astute six-year-old son asked.
"He doesn't. It's all media hype and a great excuse for teachers to have kids do art projects involving groundhogs."
"Poor groundhog. He had to come up and freeze in all of this snow!"
(Maybe we should get some animal rights activists involved in this case!)