Friday, February 29, 2008

Leaping into the Celebration

I have to post today. I won't get another chance to post on this date for four more years. Yes, it's Leap Day, and this is Leap Year. Happy Birthday to Dennis Bolin, whom I think would be about 13 now. (Something like that, as I think he was born the year before me?) Anyway, I met Dennis in the 2-room Christian school I attended from first to fifth grade. He was in the grade ahead of me but from Day 1, he declared I was his girlfriend. He was outgoing and was from a family of six boys (I think that's right) and one Finally a Girl. All of the Bolin kids had "D" names. He broke his arm once and wore a cast for awhile, which I thought was cool. Also, when our class went anywhere, we had to have a partner--Dennis always grabbed my hand and we tore for the front of the line! (We were always up front.) He was my best friend, outside of Debbie Foss and my cousin Mary Beth.

So the smiling little girl in first grade above, who lived at 1004 West 11th Street, was mightily impressed by a Leap Year Baby. Even though I haven't seen him in 40 years, I still remember. I have no idea what happened to him and all those brothers and his sister.

By the way, tradition has it that if you are a woman, this is the day you can ask a man to marry you. If you're not married, you still have a few hours. If you are already married, you can ask your husband to take you out to dinner with no penalty of whining.

Because it's Leap Day and I can do whatever I want, I'm leaving you with some President Ronald Reagan quotes. (He had a great sense of humor and wise insight):

"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.

- Ronald Reagan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

- Ronald Reagan

"Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong." - Ronald Reagan

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." - Ronald Reagan

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination." - Ronald Reagan

"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." - Ronald Reagan

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program." - Ronald Reagan

"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting." - Ronald Reagan

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." - Ronald Reagan

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." - Ronald Reagan

"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - Ronald Reagan

If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." - Ronald Reagan

Check back with me in four years....


Delia said...

Would you believe that I didn't think anything of it being Leap Day and Leap Year until I came here?

That picture of you is way too cute! I love that little grin!

I also love those Ronald Reagan quotes. They had me laughing. Thanks for sharing them :)

Pam Halter said...

I never heard about the Leap Day tradition of a woman asking a man to marry her. I thought that was a Sadie Hawkins Day (May 1st) tradition. Actually, Sadie Hawkins Day is where the woman has to chase the man she wants. If she catches him, they get married. Of course, I'm not sure if this is an actual event, but it was lots of fun in the movie, Lil Abner. :)