Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day!

By Jeannie Watt

When my husband does something nice for me, I say, "Honey, you're one in 1,461." That's because my husband is a leapling and the odds of being born on Leap Day are--you got it--1 in 1,461. 

At the risk of repeating myself, since I shared this information on the Superromance Question of the Month post, my husband was eight when I married him. He and my daughter turned twelve the same year and he was still twelve when my son turned twelve.

I'm not going into the reasons for Leap Day. Every newspaper in the country prints an article about solar years, etc, on February 29th, however, I do have a few factoids:

February 29th is Bachelor's Day in some countries. On this day women can propose marriage to a man. If he refuses, he has to give the woman money, glove or a silk dress, depending on the area in which the couple lives. According to Irish legend, St. Brigid stuck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose marriage to men every four years and thus began Bachelor Day.

The Greeks consider it unlucky to marry on Leap Day.

Every Leap Year in the USA is blessed with a Presidential Election.


Don't tell my husband this, because he celebrates his non-leap year birthday on February 28th, mathematically, his birthday should fall on March 1, which is 365 days after the day of his birth. He's always been the impatient sort, so I don't hold a hard here. Also, his birth month is February. Some countries, like New Zealand have laws pertaining to leaplings non-leap year birthdays. In New Zealand the day is February 28. In Honk Kong and the UK, it's March 1st. Most other countries get to choose between the two. Personally, I'd be right there with my husband, celebrating a day early.

Do you know any leaplings? 

8 comments:

Fedora said...

I don't think I do, but a very happy birthday to your husband, Jeannie! I'm sure I'd be impatient to celebrate as well! ;) Hope you all have a lovely day!

Mary Preston said...

I knew a girl from High School who was born on Feb 29. She was not impressed. Fun facts thank you.

kris said...

My niece is a leapling! She's turning 6 this year :-) I vividly remember the day her mother (my sister) called to tell me she was pregnant. Sis didn't have an official due date yet, so we pulled out the calendar and started counting. I looked at the dates we were coming up with and said, "You're going to have a Leap Year baby." Oh yeah. Auntie called it!

Jeannie Watt said...

Hi everyone and thanks for commenting! Way to go, Kris! You might do well in Vegas.

Jeannie Watt said...

Thank you, Fedora!

Jeannie Watt said...

I also went to school with a leaping--not my husband. I remember feeling sorry for her. 🙂

Jeannie Watt said...

The previous comment was in response to Mary and my phone doesn't like the word "leapling". It's tried to change it to a couple different things--leaping, leap long...

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Happy Birthday to your husband, Very cook her is leap year Feb 29th baby. Not liking leap day so much once I realized that since I get a monthly salary at work. I worked this extra day for free.

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