Rev. Pat Raube has this week’s Friday Five over at RevGalBlogPals:
I have to admit: I never thought much about Groundhog Day. Then I saw that movie. And an odd holiday that seems to be a remnant of an obscure Pennsylvania German custom took on all sorts of new meaning. So, in honor of the movie and the day, I present you with this Almost Groundhog Day Edition of the Friday Five!
1. The Holiday: On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 representing, “Hey! Stop hating on the most awesome season ever!” and 5 representing, “Green. NOW.”), how much are you hankering for spring? And what is, to you, a true sign that it is actually on its way?
I like the seasons – all 4 of them. So I’m probably a “4” for winter. By the time April gets here, I’m ready for daffodils. For me, the true sign of spring is when my forsythia bushes go from yellow to green, and the butterfly bushes begin to re-sprout.
2. The Film: Seen it? If yes, Love it? Hate it? Meh? I’ve seen it a few times. I actually did not watch it all the way through until about 4 years ago. Trust me. If you see it only in bits and pieces, you think you’ve seen the same scene a hundred times. (Which IS the point of the movie – but you don’t get the joke if you watched it piecemeal.) The themes of personal recognizance, growth, change and development are throughout the movie. It can be an impetus for change. Or despair. It’s a fun movie, and the main character does evolve. But I guess it doesn’t really stir my soul that much.
3. The Meaning: If you could relive one day of your life, what one would it be? Hmmmmmm… So many wonderful days, so little time. I don’t know as I can pick one.
4. The Meaning, Part 2: If you had to relive one day of your life over and over until you got something right (a la the Bill Murray character in the film), what day would that be? You know, it’s a nice question. One that I don’t really have an answer for. I guess I don’t tend to live with that kind of “heaping regret.” It’s not good for me emotionally or spiritually.
5. The Meaning, Part 3: If you had to design a life-changing experience for a fairly despicable human being (as is, for example, the Bill Murray character at the film’s start), what would it be? How, given all sorts of unlikely powers to bend time and take control of another person’s personal growth, would you do it? I really can’t answer this one either. It feels… judgemental. I can think of days I would not want to re-live (like 90% of high school). But i don’t really care to wish a Groundhog-Day-Movie experience on anyone. (This answer is not that surprising, given my reflections on the movie above. 🙂 )