I saw a fat squirrel sitting on a branch outside my porch window eating a nut. I figure maybe soon isn't that far-fetched, and today, while chilly and cloudy, it isn't that cold (or not cold enough for my long underwear.) It's been colder, but like we always say, "Wait a few minutes and it'll change." Yes, we've run the heat and AC in one day. Ok, back to Groundhog Day and I'm ignoring Valentine's Day for the moment.
In my dad's family nicknaming people is rampant. My dad's nickname was "Groundhog." (Dad died in 1999.) Maybe that's why when I see a groundhog I think of him and all the family fun and tomfoolery that happens when there is laughter, a bit of teasing and good times. I remember my dad's family being warm and welcoming, loving you for who you were. It didn't stay that way, but back when it was, it was heavenly.
|My dad, whom everyone in his extended family called "Groundhog."|
Names and nicknames are intriguing to me. Some of my girlfriends in high school gave each other nicknames. Mine was "Beanpole" and "Crissy Woman" and I'm still not sure how that happened. When I see those girls, I still get called by my nicknames and I can't help but call them by theirs.
And when I was doing competition trapshooting around the country, my husband's extended family who also did trapshooting gave me a nickname--"TG"--which they said stood for "The Trapshooting Goddess." (Not many women did trapshooting with them back then.) So, for some of them, I'm still "TG." It brings back great memories.
|Crystal Laine Miller in her competition trapshooting days in the Midwest as "TG" Miller|
I've got a lot on my mind, so forgive this Valentine's Day Midwest Meandering. Between my computer crash and total swiping of my computer's stuff, and other issues, I almost didn't make it on today's post. But I did want to check in and let you know I'm thinking about all of you. Hope it's an early spring--both figuratively and for reals!
Love, Peace and Bobby Sherman (as my high school friends and I used to say,)
(Or just call me "TG." LOL.)