Don’t Forget to Take a Leap of Any Size Today

It’s Leap Day, which is an extra day to save if you sign up for summer camp or need jeans from Old Navy, according to my email, and extra day to craft, according to Craftzine, or a day that doesn’t count, providing a chance to do something radically out of the ordinary, according to 30 Rock. My wild moment was ordering regular (nondecaf! gasp!) coffee, then catching up on blogs and podcasts while I sipped away. It wasn’t the same as reading a book on the beach, but it was a relaxing break from my day before I returned to work and laundry.

We passed a school that wished someone a happy eighth birthday on the sign outside near the parking lot. My daughter thought that was lucky, but I thought it was weird, as it must surely be a pain to change the sign every single day, probably listing multiple birthdays a day, but then I remembered Leap Day. It wasn’t a student turning eight, but probably a teacher turning 32. I explained it to my kids and they both expressed thanks that they were not born on Leap Day, which may make the first time ever that they didn’t want something unique that someone else had. They probably secretly worried that it meant only gifts and parties once every four years.

Do something different today. Get extra sleep, dance in the rain, have real coffee. It’s kind of a holiday so mix it up, just a little!

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