I understand why we have to add a day to the calendar every four years. According to timeanddate.com, “Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days to circle once around the sun. If we did not add the 29th nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After 100 years our calendars would be off by 24 days.”
I’m not sure who figured all this out. But I have a few questions for them.
1. Why February? February is my least favorite month. Why couldn’t we have an extra day in June or September?
2. Why is it called “Leap Day”? That seems to imply jumping or skipping over something. Shouldn’t this day be named “Stall Day” or “Tack-On Day”?
3. Instead of adding one day every four years, why don’t we take the six hours once a year and demand that everyone read a book or take a nap? Or we could wait and have an extra 24 days every 100 years. Wouldn’t that be more fun? I envision a world-wide reprieve from war and dieting and reality TV for three and a half weeks.
4. Who calculates a number to the nearest one-millionth and calls it “approximate”?
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12