Carpe Diem! Leap Year Day

Leap YearFebruary 29… what an exciting elusive day! We each get only a couple dozen of these in our lifetime so spend it lavishly. Don’t worry if you have to do a few “normal” things, just try to squeeze in as many opportunities as you can to remember this is no ordinary Monday!

When our kids were at home, we marked the uniqueness of each Leap Year Day by letting  everyone  order their favorite item for dinner…what a spread!  Afterwards, each of us filled out a brief questionnaire (parents helped the pre-writers) to create a Family Time Capsule, a written snapshot of the present.

Questions like:

  • What is your favorite activity?
  • What are you most grateful for?
  • What do you think you’ll be doing in 5 years? 20 years?
  • If you had unlimited money to give away, where would it go?
  • If you had unlimited money to buy something, what would you buy?
  • Favorite food?
  • Favorite song?
  • Favorite TV show?
  • Favorite movie?
  • Favorite book?

We also added the front page of the newspaper, best seller list, top ten music charts, church bulletin, or anything else relevant to the family or the current culture.  Our capsule, which is just a sturdy envelope (you could use anything like a small box or chest), was then hidden away in a narrow unused cabinet behind our fridge and not disturbed until the NEXT Leap Year Day.

With much excitement, four years later, on the next Leap Year Day, Tom pulled the fridge out, opened the door  and retrieved the Time Capsule. First we filled out our new questions, then read the old ones, and then refilled the envelope for the next February 29.

My children are adults now and this week I emailed the questionnaire to them so they could use it if they wanted.  I don’t know if they’re carrying on this tradition but I still am and will eagerly fill out my sheet and read the old ones starting with 1988.  Can’t wait to see what we all wrote 28 years ago!

One Leap Year I decided to make the day memorable by visiting some of my favorite Chicago places all in one day.  Started at the beach, dropped by the Shakespeare Garden at NU, lunched at Chicago Botanic garden, and spent the afternoon at the Art Institute.   My fun tank overflowed!

This year I’m heading somewhere to catch some beauty, see something extraordinary and create my holiday.  If not now, when?

Hope to see you out there creating your own celebration!

Hope for the best,


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5 Responses to “Carpe Diem! Leap Year Day”

  1. 3 Marya Outterson February 25, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Can’t wait to start this year with our grandson!

  2. 4 Linda Sylvester February 25, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Thanks! Sweet.

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