"Today is a strange and amazing day that comes only once every four years. Today marks a 'leap' in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. It is a day of temporal tune up, a day of unlocked potential, a day when the shy of heart woman dare ask her sweetheart to marry her without appearing unladylike. So be you a female of the coy kind, this could be your ideal year to take your heart in your mouth and jump towards what you have always secretly wanted.
There is a small yet very significant difference between you English and we Irish. Having had your freedom for much longer than us Irish, you have grown more accustomed to exercising your choice in accordance with your will, whatever its effect on the heart of another. If today in England, a woman should ask a man to marry her, the man may choose to either acquiesce to her proposal and accept it willingly or turn it down flat and tell her to 'take a hike!'. In Ireland however, on the 29th of February years, if proposed to by a woman, be she beautiful or ugly, tall or small, thin or fat, well tempered or foul mouthed; if she be single, then a man must accept her hand in marriage or be forever shamed in the eyes of the church, pub and wider community!
Doing is a quantum leap from imagining, so if you are a fair maiden in want of marriage to a certain man today, remember the wisdom of Lao Tzu who said, 'When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.' If on the other hand, you have a shadow of doubt about what you propose to do, I would ask you to remember that while bigamy is having one marriage partner too many, that monogamy is the same.........if you ask the wrong man!' William Forde: February 29th, 2016.