Once Every Four Years

Our local newspaper is collecting photos taken by Kelowna residents yesterday, which was Leap Year 2012. Some of them will appear in an upcoming issue, and the rest will be posted online.

My first impulse was to do something really spectacular – not so much to get our pictures in the newspaper as to commemorate a day that only comes along once every four years. To make the most of this bonus.

As it happened, February 29, 2012 was just another day. There were no grand escapes to the ski hill or other big indulgences. No marriage (re)proposals, even just for fun.

It was just another day.

But I still kept my cameras (SLR and iPhone) close at hand to capture some of our everyday moments. Because too often they’re the ones that get lost in the shuffle and we ought to record them, too.

In the morning, the snow drifted down like icing sugar on our day… a gesture from Mother Nature that we hope was the last hurrah of winter.

So we got dressed up one more time and headed out to traipse and slide and tumble in it, to make snow angels and snowballs and pay our last respects (fingers crossed) to the white season.

After a cup of cocoa and some lunch, I pulled out an old relic from my own past to entertain Thing 1 and Thing 2…

It was an old record player and collection of records and 45s. The kids, especially Oliver, just ate it up and whiled away the entire afternoon spinning vinyl.

Who says old technology has no place in a modern world?

After dinner and bedtime for the kids, Mr. Pear Tree and I snuck away for a coffee date while Grandma held down the fort.

We were like a couple of teenagers on our date – playing with our iPhones, taking pictures and posting them online. So romantic (wink)!

How about you? What did you do with your extra day?

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

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  1. Same old, same old – except – it was unusually warm and sunny that day. My son had homework and we left it to the wind. He had a friend over and played outside for a couple of hours. Sometimes, you just have to get your priorities straight because jacketless days in Cleveland in February are a true gift!

  2. Elaine Phillips

    Hi, Mrs. p and family

    Alas, I was diagnosed with pneumonia this week: an event I hoped won’t be repeated in four years! But after a couple of wretched days of struggling for air, the meds are kicking in, and I feel strongly I will live through this night. I am starting to embrace this season of sickness as a gift (albeit in heavy disguise). Was it Winnie the Pooh who said, “Everybody needs a Thinking Place?”

    Happy March to you all! May spring find us all ready to gambol and play…

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