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February 29, 2012

Leap Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

We don’t often use the term “Leap Day” to refer to February 29.  But that is the correct term.  Most of us speak of “Leap Year.”  And when we do, we are inferring that February has an extra day that year.

Leap Year is that year divisible by four.  That means we have a Leap Day every four years.  Well, that is not really true.  We assume that every four years we will have a Leap Day — but there are years when it will not happen.  (I don’t think it is scheduled to happen in our lifetime.)  We refer to Leap Years because there will only be certain years when it occurs — not always every four years!

It is complicated — I confess I cannot understand it and will not attempt to do so.  Let’s just agree that Leap Years do come meaning that it is a year with an extra day.  And why the extra day in February?  Again, don’t seek the answer from me!  It does have something to do with the fact that the earth completes a revolution around the sun in 365 days and 6 hours — more or less — every four years.  That means we have the extra 6 hours — mas or menos — that accumulates to a 24 hour day!  Confused?  So am I.  But don’t be too concerned — it really is not going to change your life whether you understand it or not!  Just enjoy the extra day!

There are many jokes and stories about February 29 . . . that is, Leap Day during Leap Year!  Do you ladies realize that if you were born on February 29 you can be “sweet 16” and be 64 years old?  Or you men born on that day, you can be 20 years old and really be 80 years old!  That should put some vitality in your step today!

There is an old Irish legend that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day.  (Some fellows probably run toward a young lady, while others are running away!)  In some places, Leap Day is called “Bachelors Day.”  It is the custom, also, where the lady can propose to the man.  And if he refuses the proposal, he must pay a penalty — usually a new dress or money.  (I wonder if certain young ladies propose to a man that they are convinced will refuse?  And are some men preferring to pay the penalty rather than accept the proposal?  Many interesting scenarios can be considered.)

All I can reflect on is that it is another day we have.  We choose how we will live it.  And whether we have 28 or 29 days in February, or 365 or 366 days in a year, the days simply measure the existence of our days on earth.  What is today for me?  I need to ask that each day . . . and I need to come to the end of each day with a contentment of how it has been lived.

Today . . . consider it . . . live it.  Perhaps an old Indian Proverb is appropriate here:

Yesterday is but a dream,  tomorrow but a vision.

But today well lived makes every yesterday

A dream of happiness, and every tomorrow

A vision of hope.

Enjoy today!  Today is a gift . . . that’s why they call it the present.


“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  (Psalms 118:24)


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