Beanery Online Literary Magazine

February 25, 2008

IT’S LEAP YEAR. WHAT WILL YOU DO ON 2008’s BONUS DAY?

Filed under: WR/BW CAROLYN — beanerywriters @ 12:29 am
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—written by Carolyn C. Holland

Leap Year. The offering of a gift, a BONUS DAY: Friday, February 29. With it comes the temptation to ask others what they are going to do with their bonus day. A compilation of the results follows.

Leap Year-24 Hours of added rest? Beth Ann questions introspectively. It sounds tempting but that is too easy. To be truthful, I hadn’t thought about what I would do with the additional day until this very moment.

But, now that I do, I recall that Leap Year is simply the compilation of hours that have accumulated during the past several years, hours that eventually grow to equal a full
day. Thus, this day is actually a way to project already spent history into the present. Really quite an interesting thought—we get to use the time, time that has accumulated in the past, in the present.

A former Laurel Mountain Borough, PA, resident replied “I have no idea, didn’t know there was a bonus day. Is it a workday?I’ll work.” Lois and Stephanie agreed.

Doug also isn’t sure yet. “Put into some kind of service for someone else,” he responded.

Anonymous 1 said she would do the same thing she does when offered the extra hour—try to get caught up. Anonymous 2 concurs.

Beth Ann pondered hours of added rest. “Sounds tempting but that is too easy. To be truthful, I hadn’t thought about what I would do with the additional day until this very moment. But, now that I do, I am recalling that Leap Year is simply the compilation of hours that have accumulated during the past several years that eventually grow to equal a full day. So, this day is actually a way to project already spent history into the present. Really quite an interesting thought–
we get to use time that has accumulated in the past fin the present.

So, in consideration of how I would use this time in the present, I believe that I would opt to find someone to learn from the past. I would like to take a moment to reminisce about the past seven years of my life that has allowed this ‘extra’ time to accumulate and try to determine what I could do better for the next seven. Beth Ann

The 29th is also Sadie Hawkins Day. Joanne wants to take advantage of the opportunity. “I think I will E-mail my friend and make it a little more than before, I’ll be a little brave, perhaps asking him when he will come to this country. I’m learned to make paella, a Spanish dish, his favorite food.”

Some people will celebrate. “Something special, go to flea markets perhaps,” thought Jim.
“Hopefully it will be nice so I can fly fish,” said Mark. And C. J.? “I’ll take a bubble bath all day long—-alone!”

Others will prepare for exciting adventures. Robyn “will be preparing for a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. We are taking our three kids on a seven day Disney cruise, and are leaving March 1.” Megan will drive to New York, somewhere she has never visited before, to attend a March 1 baby shower.

Pat, recovering from a heart catheterization, will relax. “That’s about what I’ve done since I got out of the hospital,” she said.

Bernie will do “whatever comes up. Every day is Saturday when you retire. Whatever we want to do.” Anonymous 3 will do the “same thing I do every day: kung fu, Godzilla flicks.”

“I don’t know,” said Melissa. “We do have 366 days this year. Probably nothing, I probably won’t even think about it. I probably won’t think twice about it.”

And Joe? He won’t “waste my time by going around asking people what they’ll do on their extra day.”

What are you going to do on your Bonus Day? Members of the Beanery Writers Group invite you to share your February 29th, 2008, plans by submitting them in the comment section below.

Click on WISDOM FROM A CHILD TO A GRANDPARENT to read about a child’s lesson to a grandparent.

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