Groundhog Day

Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.

Famously noted by Phil Connors (Bill Murray) in the movie Groundhog Day way back in 1993.

brown rodent on green grass

1993; 28 years ago. That’s a LOT of verses of “I’ve Got You Babe.” It may feel like 28 years since we first heard that infamous name Covid-19 but it’s been just one. One year, two lockdowns, countless days seeming exactly the same as the day before. We’re all feeling Phil these days.

Now I spend my time making note of how today is different from any other day; some days it’s REALLY hard to find anything. Groundhog day indeed. Sometimes it’s finding a new recipe to try out… that’s always fun. Sometimes it’s starting a new series on Netflix; binge-worthy ones get bonus points. My partner John recently gave me a couple of bird feeders to put outside my office window and seeing a new breed of bird every once in a while is a HUGE point of excitement. I even surprise myself at how enthusiastic I get when someone new drops by.

A new bird.

When life is condensed down to such simple terms, that’s what it forces you to do; refocus on the minutia that you probably overlooked before… before lockdown, before pandemic, before. And is that such a bad thing? I think the only bad thing about it is if we lose sight of all this minutia when things return to whatever the new normal will look like. I sure hope I don’t; these little feathered friends are pretty entertaining, truth be told.

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