It Didn’t Feel Like an Extra Day
By Jeff Salter
We’re talking about that “extra” day we get on Feb. 29, nearly every four years. But before I get wound up, let’s straighten out this business concerning babies born on that date. The odds of being born on Feb. 29 are one in 1,461 — so there aren’t as many Leap Day Birthdays as you might imagine. However, people born on Feb. 29 are sometimes called leaplings — which makes me very glad I’m a December kid.
If you’re interested in my previous Leap Year ravings – including several practical suggestions about viable alternatives to utilizing Feb. 29 every four years – check out my blog from this time in 2012:
These days, folks, (being retired) I’m not all that driven by the calendar anyway. Except for Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, most of my outside commitments relate to visiting my mom daily and exercising three times a week. So, if external hoopla had not drawn my attention to this unique Monday, I likely would have eased into March without even realizing it took an extra day to reach it.
My particular Monday this week was tied up in edits, Facebook posts, blogs, an on-line book party, emails, exercise, visiting my mom, hauling the trash to the curb, eating supper with our daughter and her kids — and taking a short, late nap. Pretty much an ordinary day.
Dealing with the extra day
But if we are “due” an extra day, why not make the most of it? By that, I mean DON’T do your regular stuff, but instead do something really special! Though it’s not likely to happen (for multiple reasons), I could imagine spending that extra day:
*** reading Books Two and Three in Rick Atkinson’s Liberation trilogy (which I started several years ago)
*** re-watching all ten episodes of Band of Brothers
*** re-watching all 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers
*** finish watching that first season of “24” which my son gave me for Christmas a while back
*** catching up on about 20 episodes of the Walking Dead series, so I’d have a clue what everybody is fussing about
*** taking a day-long nap
Suggestions from others
Searching the Internet for Leap Year ideas, I found a few suggestions I kinda liked:
*** Consider it a do-over day — In case your New Year’s resolutions have somewhat fallen by the wayside, why not use this day to start over again? Get those resolutions back on track!
*** Create a Leap Year time capsule — that you’ll open on the next leap year. Items could include lists of movies, music, books, and magazines you’re enjoying today. Or why not write a note or letter to the future you relating what’s going on in your life right now. Open it in 2020 and see how things have changed.
Several more specific suggestions for how to utilize the ‘extra’ day:
Great article about the history of this calendar quirk:
Did YOU do anything special on Monday? Is Feb. 29 – when it comes around – just another day to you?
[JLS # 269]