By the time this issue of The Ellis County Press is delivered to your mailbox or hits the newsstands, we will be into the first days of February; Groundhog Day will have already passed and we will know assuredly what the next six weeks of weather will bring.
For you younger chillen who have missed out on this American folklore, if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, he will return to his burrow for six more weeks of winter, if not, he will come on out, for winter is over. And if any of you see a groundhog out checking his shadow down here in our neck of the woods, you might want to schedule a visit to your favorite optometrist.
The groundhog may also be known as a woodchuck and, in the Latin, is a Marmot, is also a rodent and largest member of the squirrel family. Down in Alabama, Tennessee, or Arkansas, the southernmost of their range, groundhogs are known as whistle pigs.
You’ll have to research the why of that one for yourself, though personally, I kinda like their nomenclature.
Since we live here in the Lone Star State, it’s doubtful though you’ll ever hear anyone exclaim, "Hey look, there’s a whistle pig!"
An old tongue-twister about the beast goes like this: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? As much wood as a woodchuck would, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Actually, the whistle pig’s diet is said to be Herbivorous, consequently the animal may not even go close to anything made of wood for eating purposes, so the tongue-twister may also be a figment of somebody’s imagination, along with the weather prediction.
However, you may rest assured, four weeks - to the day - after Groundhog Day, will be the date for Texas’ Primary Election, that being Tuesday, March 2, regardless of whether the weather be winter or spring.
So, let’s prepare ourselves as thoroughly as possible to fulfill our duties on that very important day to cast an informed vote, then attend the precinct convention immediately after the polls close.
Both voting and becoming a precinct convention delegate are vitally important in determining whether or not We the People can make a difference in our civil government. Massachusetts did just that in their recent special election to select one of their U.S. Senators…and what a difference their votes seem to have made!
At the precinct convention, you may apply yourself to be a delegate, then by attending the county convention on Saturday, March 20, you may apply for being a delegate or alternate delegate to the state convention in June.
At the precinct convention is where you may want to submit one or more propositions for inclusion in the party platform. Votes will be taken that night on each and every submission, then, upon passage, forwarded to the county convention for their approval or disapproval.
All of this is so very important to regaining a government of, by, and for the people…so plan to participate in these, even if it’s your first time to do so. Husband and wife, even boyfriend and girlfriend are eligible, so JUST DO IT!
By the way, I discovered that groundhogs do whistle when alarmed…and also during the mating season, though I doubt if the two whistles are anything alike. You may practice on how you think the two whistles might sound.
May Yahweh bless.