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My Leap Year Quandary: Anybody Have a Day to Spare? (standard:humor, 908 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Feb 19 2012Views/Reads: 1231/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
During the last political election cycle, we were promised change but I have not seen any of it, especially in my pants pocket.

During the last political election cycle, we were promised change but I
have not seen any of it, especially in my pants pocket. 

Then something wonderful happened. I was taking some mail to the post
office and as I got out of my truck, I noticed a penny on the ground. 
At my age, if I have to bend down I make sure there are at least two or 
three things to do while I am down there. A single penny just will not 
do it for me. After all, what can you do with a penny? 

As I looked at that penny, I saw another penny, then another, then
several. By the time I was done, there was a pile of 20 pennies there. 
Now that is something to bend down for. 

I know what they say, "a penny for your thoughts." Here was 20 pennies
and I did not have to think too much about bending down and collecting 
all 20 and put into my pants pocket. Nothing is quite as melodious as 
change jingling in my pants pocket. I walked into the post office with 
my pocket jingling with some spare change. 

Some may complain that 20 pennies does not really amount to very much. I
remember what wise old Benjamin Franklin said, "A penny saved is a 
penny earned." I am not sure what he would say about a penny rescued or 
even 20 pennies rescued, but I think he would have had something very 
witty to say about it. 

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage would say to me something to the
effect that 20 pennies cannot buy a good lunch. Who needs a good lunch 
when you got 20 pennies jingling in your pants pocket? The better part 
of wisdom on my part would be to allow these 20 spare pennies be my 
little secret. 

A few days after finding this penny cache, my wife made a comment that
changed my week. 

"What are you going to do with the extra day this year?" 

I had no idea what she was talking about. Normally, I have no extra days
to spare. Even if I happen to catch up on my chores on one day, there 
are always the next day's chores staring me in the face. 

I was not a Beatle's fan but I did understand their one song that talked
about "eight days a week." I have often thought I might be able to get 
caught up if there was an extra day in the week. Then, on scrutiny of 
the facts at hand, my good wife would find something for me to do on 
that eighth day. 

Getting back to her "extra day" question. I had no idea what she was
talking about and so I responded with a very sophisticated, “huh?” 

"What are you going to do with the extra day we have this year?" 

I searched the cobwebs of my memory and could not find anything
resembling her comment. She saw the quizzical look on my face, more 
quizzical than normal, and realized I had no idea what she was talking 

"Don't you know we have an extra day this year?" 

I did not know that so I pled with her to explain what she was talking
about. I was thinking she was going to give me a day off so I could do 
nothing, then on second thought I do not believe she would do something 
like that. Not her! 

"This is leap year and the month of February has 29 days instead of the
normal 28." 

I thought for a moment and understood what she was talking about. I had
forgotten this was leap year, which gives us an extra day. Instead of 
365 days this year, we will enjoy 366 days. I am not quite sure who 
arranged this phenomenon but the extra day is tacked on to the end of 

I have often thought it would be great to be born on February 29. That
way you only celebrate your birthday every four years. Instead of being 
60 years old, I would be 15. 

Then a very terrible thought rumbled through my mind. I remembered what
it was like to be 15. No way in the world would I ever want to be 15 
again. Imagine taking 60 years to get to 15 and then staying there for 
four years. Talk about dragging out your misery? 

My wife gave me, as usual, some fodder for my thinking. What would I do
with an extra day? 

The more I thought about this the more things I thought I could do on
that extra day. By the time I got through thinking about all the things 
I could do with an extra day I was exhausted and needed to sit down for 
a cup of coffee. In order for me to satisfy all my proposed projects, I 
would need at least one extra day a month, and I would not complain 
about one extra day a week. 

I really do not think having an extra day is going to make much
difference for me. The Bible says, "This is the day which the LORD hath 
made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalms 118:24 KJV). 

Someone said, today is the first day of the rest of my life. And so it
is. Enjoy the day you have, is my philosophy of life. 


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