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Today (on my side of the IDL, that is) is Leap Day. February 29, 2012.

If you have the sort of brain that can cope with the confusing calculations of adjusting calendars, just toddle over to Wiki and type in Leap Year.

A day when a lady might, according to tradition, propose marriage to a gentleman. Now, should this proposal not be accepted, tradition dictated he pay some sort of forfeit. In some cultures he would be fined or have to buy the lady a gown or the fabric to have one made.

I grew up with the story that the man must buy the rejected lady a pair of gloves.* I happened to mention this the other night to my Main Man who suggested the best gloves , in that case, would be the boxers’ kind!


Odd that my Danish kin didn’t tell me it’s 12 pairs of gloves in Denmark. Eleven pairs probably suffered the same fate as the language at 12,000 miles remove. 🙂



Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

10 thoughts on “LOVER’S LEAP

  1. If only I wore gloves I would rush out and propose to 12 Danish men and get a gross of gloves. Always assuming I knew any Danish men. Sigh. I guess the status quo will continue


  2. I know a single Dane. Wonder if he’s up for some glove-giving. Though I’m not sure i want to risk an affirmative answer if I ask him to marry me


  3. i could use a new gown. perhaps i should ask Mr. Clooney to marry me. again… he still hasn’t responded to my last telegram, though.


  4. I’d need a dozen pairs to have some hope of still having a set left by the following year.


  5. Is there any sort of limit on the number of people you can ask? This could end up being quite a lucrative proposition.


  6. Well, with only one day to pop the question, the lady would certainly need to be a fast mover. Roller skates, perhaps?


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