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LEAPINí LIZARDS! by Ruby RedHat

Monday, February 29th 2016 @ 10:34 AM

I assume that you have heard the expression “Leapin’ Lizards” before.  Yup, it comes from “Little Orphan Annie” and you probably remember it from comic books you loved to read.  I do!  It also got me to thinking that this is Leap Year.  (Do you do this too – jump from one thought to another and it makes perfect sense?)

I know a little bit about Leap Year, but did some further investigating and have some interesting facts to share with you.  It seems that every 4 years we have to add a day to the (Gregorian) calendar to be accurate with the time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun.  Please don’t ask me to explain this scientifically.  Just trust me – or look it up yourself!  In fact the Chinese and Hindu calendars add an extra month every few years.  It has something to do with a lunar, not solar calendar.  OK – enough about that!

What really caught my attention was Leap Day and the traditions and superstitions that have come to be associated with February 29th.   Leave it to the Irish to have fun with this.  Legend has it that St. Brigid approached St. Patrick with a “cool” idea of role reversal on February 29th regarding marriage proposals.  On that day a woman could propose to a man (bachelor of course).  Remember this is only once in four years, but it gets even better!  If she was refused, there was a penalty.  Typically a gift was offered and a tradition of giving twelve pairs of gloves to the rebuffed suitor came into vogue.  She could then wear gloves instead of an engagement ring until, I guess, the gossip died down.  Is this still going on?  I wonder.  In some cultures, February 29th is viewed about the same as Friday the 13th – unlucky.  I like the Irish version better.

Let me take another LEAP and relate all of this to our Red Hat Sisterhood.  It won’t be very scientific, but don’t we love to have fun with a new idea/proposal?  Our chapter names and royal titles come to mind.  We also play around with some reversals.  On birthdays we reverse colors and do that every year instead of every four.  We wear gloves too!!!  Do I dare ask if any of you proposed to your spouse on Leap Day?  Were you born on a Leap Day!  Hey, you could be a Pink Hatter and a Red Hatter at the same time!  Leapin’ Lizards!

You get an extra day this year.  Why not make this day a special day in history by joining The Red Hat Society!  Now that’s one day you’ll never forget!  I encourage you to consider becoming an official Member of the Red Hat Society. There’s nothing like the power of friendship to boost your quality of life.

Ta! 

-Ruby RedHat, Red Hat Society

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06/20 - Global Sharing Day Virtual Party

09/15 - Wild West Steam Punk Virtual Party

11/10 - Fairy Fantasy Ball Virtual Party

 


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RUBY REDHAT is the official mascot of the Red Hat Society.  In the year 2000, a little lady named Ruby appeared, out of nowhere, on the computer screen of EQM Sue Ellen's daughter, Andrea (aka Princess Daughter). Princess Daughter was working on the first Red Hat Society website and when Ruby got wind of it, she just volunteered her services as a representative (mascot?) for the entire membership. Ruby had recently finished compiling her Top Ten (plus one) Rules for Living and she had a feeling that both she and her rules would be able to help the Red Hat Society clarify its members and its purpose to the world. We are all thrilled to have her represent the little girl inside all of us, who is ready and willing to come out and play again in every woman who invites her to do so.
Read Ruby’s full bio here.  Learn more about Ruby here.

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