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I've never delved too deeply into the concept of leap year. Mostly I just rely on the news to tell me whether we are in one or not.
I know, of course, that we need an extra day every so often to make up for the deficiency in our system of time, and that if you can divide the year by the number four then it's a leap year.
But wait! When I googled "leap year" I found additional information that was new to me and made my head feel like it might explode:
Leap years are any year that can be exactly divided by 4
except if it can be exactly divided by 100, then it isn't
except if it can be exactly divided by 400, then it is
Making sense of that is almost asking too much of my arts-and-crafts brain. Please note that that link goes to a children's website called "Math Is Fun". That tells you most of what you need to know about my math-y skills . . . in spite of the fact that my job is bookkeeping . . . which is a whole other post.
Get Away From Me With That Logical Mathy Stuff
You'd think my line of work would mean I'm awfully good at math
And if, by "good", you mean I never felt a teacher's wrath
Then you'd be right; my marks would make you think that I was smart
But in real life, math trips me up and blows my head apart
It's not the numbers, not the basics: those things are okay
It's logic that's the problem, makes me cry and run away
So give me lots of numbers and I'll do the computations
But give me rules for Leap Year? That will just end in frustration
To me they're like the Tax Act, which delights in "if" and "then"
While "and" and "or" will change the gist completely once again
The same with legal documents, with all their "ifs" and "buts"
They're made to cramp the brains of us who need our facts clear cut
I envy those whose minds can follow all those twists and turns
In fact, a mind that's logical is one for which I yearn
But at my stage of life, I think my talents lie instead
In writing dreadful poetry and living in my head
A different meaning for "leap year"
Over to you now, Diane! What's the topic for next week?
Update: Diane says ...... CONNECTIONS ......
I hope you have a good week.
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