On the tenth day of whenever,
my true love sent to me
Ten toyboys leaping….
I started out with a different kind of leaping in mind. Honest!
In my lifetime I have lived through a few of these leaping days. Sixteen to be exact. In just over a week the total will leap to seventeen.
What am I talking about? February 29th of course, what else?
We are reminded at every turn, that this is a leap year. February 29th had no legal status.
Irish Folklore would have us believe that St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day in February during the leap year.
Meanwhile across the Irish Sea, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.
A little dubious don’t you think? The Gregorian calendar only came into existence in 1582.
Now if this is the road you wish to travel…. take it handy.
He may not yell ‘Yes!’ straight away. There’ are a number of reasons that he might be slow to give you the answer you want, he might be plain surprised or even shocked. Give him some time to get used to the idea. Even if he doesn’t say ‘Yes’ this time, maybe it’ll be the perfect nudge for him to ask you next time!
Of course, I would never get away with it. Nobody would believe that I was being serious! I would probably be told that at my age I should have more sense. Elly would be straight round to the Home for the Bewildered to have me pushed up the list!!
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BBC Radio 4 PM programme are asking people to use the 29th February to do some thing special. Anything started on this day is sure of success. It made me think….
A day to do something different.
Climb a mountain
Take a helicopter flight
Close the Laptop for a day – full 24 hours
A time to start some thing new like:
Learn to play an instrument
Join a group activity
Rediscover an old hobby
Start a ‘Pot Luck’ lunch club*
What do you think? Do you have any other ideas to add to the list?