Women Propose to Their Men
According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.
This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.
Leap Year Day, 2008 fell on a Friday and because it was the weekend Nellybert had quaffed a bottle of wine, or maybe even two. We got ourselves to bed shortly before midnight and that is where I asked Bert to be my husband. He assented.
The next day I announced to the world that we were engaged. Bert had forgotten about my late night proposal and was surprised but not displeased. Our first Leap Year together was 1988 so it had only taken six Leap Year Days for me to get round to it. We married the following August, a very short engagement.
Regrets? A couple. I wish Bert had worn better socks. And I wish I'd asked my mum to be there.