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Leap Day anniversary adds a special aura

Today is my fourth wedding anniversary, but I've been married for 16 years. Sounds like a brain teaser, doesn't it?

The answer to this puzzler, in Jeopardy quiz form, is: "What happens when you get married on Leap Day?"

In 1992, Leap Day fell on a Saturday, and many couples, like us, liked the charm of it. Others told wedding planners to reject that date since they'd only have an anniversary every four years.

When my then-fiance first noticed the odd Saturday in February and mentioned it with a laugh, my eyes lit up.

I've always loved leap years. They are always presidential election years, and I'm a politics junkie. It's always the year of the Summer Olympics, one of my favorite sporting events. And I just like the idea of a "bonus" day on the calendar.

When I called my parents and asked what they thought of the day, my dad snorted, "That sounds like you." I'm not sure that was a compliment, but I've been called goofy before.

It has posed some problems over the years. What day do you celebrate in the off years? Is it the last day in February or the day that comes after Feb. 28? We kind of muddle it and do a little something on both days.

But the romantic in me knows this: A Leap Day is rare. What a perfect time to celebrate finding the love of your life.

My suggestion to you, dear readers, is to do something outrageous, sentimental or just plain remarkable today.

You'll remember it for the rest of your life.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne can be reached at

Leap Day anniversary adds a special aura 02/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:00am]
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