Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Year Day

Today is February 29, a day that comes only once every four years. Our Geography lessons in school explained the concept to us in detail about the sun taking 365.24219 days to rotate the sun, so we adjust that one extra day every four years. 

Do you know anyone who was born on the leap day in a leap year?

While growing up, I knew about a Prime Minister of India who had a birthday on 29th February - Shri Morarji Desai.

But then about 8 years ago, I came across another 'leapling' or 'leap-year baby' - a little talkative girl who rode the same school bus as my son. Over a period of time, the family grew quite close to ours. And she would ride with us to church every Friday morning (Sunday School in the UAE is on Fridays). Born on 29th February 2004, our little friend Rachel completes 3 today (not really, she's actually twelve). And while she misses her birthday three times out of four, she has got four times the talents and energy of a girl her age - she's a musician, an athlete, a cricketer, a karate blackbelt... and possibly a lot more. Have a wonderful birthday RACHEL. 

Also born on 29th February is the King of Rai - Khaled. He's 56 today and it's only the 14th time since his birth that he gets to celebrate his birthday on the actual day. So as we celebrate his birthday, let's enjoy his most famous song. 

Also maybe a good year to watch "Leap Year" - a movie that was not released in a leap year. The soundtrack includes some of my favorites - Dream a Little Dream by Beautiful South and Tell Me Ma by The Colonials. Check out the trailer. 

Anyway, enjoy the extra day... It'll come again only after four years. 

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