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 yearFebruary 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?

25 thoughts on “Leaping

  1. Grannymar Post author

    Tilly – I wondered who would be the first to come up with that answer. 😆

    speccy – And well done you for all the work so far!

  2. Ursula

    Grannymar, I wouldn’t climb a mountain. What for? I am as conceited as Moses: Let the mountain climb me.

    Do I have ideas? Yes, so many that your good Elly would ensure that I was ahead of you in the queue. And be put in a separate room. I suppose we could always signal each other through the wall. Let me know. And don’t forget to pack a spoon so we can dig our way out of there.


  3. Grannymar Post author

    Ursula – Do you EVER have anything positive to say or share with others? If you are so full of ideas why not tell us. Are you afraid that others will all suddenly turn ‘Ursula’ and tear you apart?

  4. Grannymar Post author

    Nick – I do like the idea of your ’29s’. If it was a fine day, I would love to climb the Cavehill again.

  5. Grannymar Post author

    Nelly – I remember that, and was thinking of you when I wrote this piece. You were right to give him the nudge, and I am sure he is still mighty happy about it. Enjoy your pancakes today!

  6. Maria from Silver Fox

    When I was young, I had a friend who was born on the 29th of Feb. Her parents gave her a gold chain with one pearl on the next Feb. 29th and then every four years they added a pearl. I thought it was the greatest idea and was completely jealous.

    I am thinking 29 small chocoates, but that is probably only because it is nearly lunch time, and my thoughts are in my stomach.

  7. Grannymar Post author

    Maria SF – I can understand how you felt jealous of your friend, the pears chain sounds like my kind of thing. I have finished dinner and 29 small chocolates would go down well with my coffee.

  8. Alice

    By golly you’re right! There are 29 days in Feb this year. I’d do something different, but I have a doctor’s appointment–same old, same old. It’ll make for good conversation, however, just knowing about that extra day this month. Whatever you do, do tell us about it later! 🙂


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