February —what’s not to like? It’s a short month with lots of notable days: Ground Hog Day, Chinese New Year, Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, Edison’s birthday, Chinese New Year, Lincoln’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, Washington’s birthday, Black History Month, Love of Reading Month, and February vacation if you’re lucky enough to still have one.
Turn the page on your calendar to February , and, BOOM, it’s time to turn to March.
This year it is even more special because it has an extra day. Can you imagine the calculations it took to come up with an additional day every four years? (Except in century years you can’t divide by 400!) And how convenient there was a short month to take the burden. There would probably be riots if January or March had 32 days. They are long enough already.
Hallmark has yet to come up with a card to mark the occasion of the extra day even though it’s called Leap Day, but I have my own suggestion for celebration. Leap into action. Leap at an opportunity. Leap at the chance to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Leap at the chance to say no to something you don’t want to do. Leap for joy! Take a leap of faith. Leap to someone’s defense. But it’s probably best not to play leap frog or leap into the fray.
Do, however, leap at the chance to work “Leapin’ Lizards” into the conversation at least once. You’ll understand if you’re old enough to have read the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.”
Dorothy C. Judd ©
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