Every four years they (the people in charge of the time space continuum?) have to add an extra day to the calendar because the earth isn't quite up to speed. The result: Leap Year.
Leap Year is not to be confused with the mediocre Amy Adams movie from a few years ago. It was based on the tradition that it is just fine if a woman proposes to a man on February 29, and that the man must accept. I figure if that is the basis of your marriage, then go ahead and give her your heart. While you're at it, give her your pants, because she's going to be wearing them. I digress...
February is already the strange month, then they go changing it up every four years. I never quite knew the poem to help remember these things. This is how it plays in my head:
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November
All the rest have thirty-one,
except for February, cuz it's dumb.
I can honestly tell you that I don't know the real ending to that rhyme.
Most of us walk around grousing that we don't have enough time. We all dream of having an extra day to get things done. Things we want to do, things we need to do, time with the kids, down time, etc. So every four years, we are given the gift of an extra day - and what do we do with it? Nothing. It is just like any other day.
Today, just like yesterday, the kids went to school, and I'm going to work for an extra day so my money-grubbing boss can wring an extra buck out of me. (Have I mentioned that I'm self-employed?)
I think we have blown it. Since today is an extra day, we should treat it like one. - a bonus day - a freebie. It should be a day with no expectations, but full of opportunities to do whatever we would do if we had an extra day.
I wish I could go back in time and start a new family Leap Year tradition. Once every four years, on February 29, I would have pulled the kids out of school, taken the day off, and had a free day. A bonus day to spend with my family. We could have treated today as a gift, instead of just another day. That would have been fun.
But I didn't, and I haven't - and now I've got to get to work.
Enjoy your plain old boring Wednesday.
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