(I am being crazy today-two posts! Be sure not to miss the other one)
This year is a Leap Year and today, February 29th, is a Leap Day. It’s such an odd occurrence that I felt like I had to look it up and see what this thing was really all about. It’s funny how we function in modern society…all the bells, whistles, high-tech things and yet, our culture still holds onto some very ancient rituals without us even realizing the reasons for them.
Do you know the reason for Leap Year? It’s simply to keep the year humming along nicely. A Leap Year is a year containing one additional day to keep the calendar year synched with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. Who knew? See, we are more aligned with the stars and with nature that we even considered. And here we were just thinking we had an extra day, just for yuks.
And no one just lets a rare day like this sit dormant…a crazy custom must be assigned! Can’t let this extra 24 hours just squander away it’s own time! There was a movie out a few years ago (don’t rent it by the way, I did and lost 2 hours of my life, speaking of getting and losing time) that was called Leap Year. Amy Adams. Such a great actress. Such a pitiful movie. BUT, the premise was the old Irish (British? they both are laying claim to this one) oddity of Leap Year day being the one day when a woman can propose to a man (in Ireland). Interesting. Like an amped-up Sadie Hawkins.
Movie aside, I like the idea of taking the day today to do something you wouldn’t do normally. So do it! Break out of your routine for a moment somewhere. Take a road you never took before when you are running your errands. Go to a new place for lunch. Look up at those stars tonight that we are being kept in sync with. Anything. Just something to surprise your brain-you’ll be amazed how stepping out of the routine in even the smallest way will make you feel a bit refreshed. And Spring is coming after all…time to do just that!
(found this old postcard from 1908 online…cracks me up…the little conversation bubble at the bottom has the woman saying “Be careful, Clara, that’s a fine Specimen!”)