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February 2, 2013

Local residents envision ideal 'Groundhog Day'-style experiences

Every one of us has an idea of what the perfect day would be like — what components would fall into place making it an incredible, memorable piece of time when everything was just right.  While each person’s definition of a perfect day can change over time, all of us can think back to to a day that we would love to return to if it were possible. 

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis and directed by Ramis, Bill Murray plays a character who is forced to keep waking up each morning to relive the same day over and over again until he learns some important lessons. A slow learner, he eventually realizes that his self-centered bad behavior negatively influences all those around him including the one closest to him: himself. He has to have that perfect day to break the cycle.

What is a day that was so perfect or so memorable that you would like to go back and relive it again and again? We asked community members what came to mind for them when asked this question. For some, memorable days had little to do with the big planned events such as weddings or a long-awaited vacation. What made the “perfect” day were times spent with family and friends; unexpected events; kindness, laughter and close connections.

College student Katherine Dixon of Bloomville said she would choose to relive Christmas 2012. 

“It was the first time our whole family (all seven of us) had Christmas together in two years,” Dixon wrote. “I would love to relive it because of the atmosphere. There is just something special about the holiday season that brings people together. Everyone was so excited to see their presents opened and to share some happiness in each others lives. I love seeing people happy, and this past Christmas, our whole family was very happy.”

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