I came up on a groundhog about three feet out into the road frozen in place, unwilling to retreat and unable to go forward. I slowed and made my way past the little fellow. Looking back in my rearview mirror, I could see a small clump of cars slowing to maneuver past the groundhog, a risky move for all concerned. I don’t know how it ended, but the image of those drivers swerving to avoid the groundhog lingered. Our immediate reaction was to save a life, not take it. These days, you take your hope where you can find it.