It’s February 29th, the leap day that occurs every four years. According to folk lore dating back to Saint Patrick, Leap day is the one day that women can propose marriage to men. This got me thinking about my heroines. Many of my heroines are the ones facing down the hero in the black moment and putting their heart and soul on the line, asking the men to take a chance on love.
Of course when the woman suggests committment, the hero at that point hasn’t realised that this remarkable woman in front of him is THE best thing that has ever happened to him. That comes a little later and the hero goes cap in hand, down on bended knee, begs forgiveness and proposes.
So how does it happen in real life in 2012? THE AGE newspaper reports, “Australian men with long-term girlfriends be warned, 20 per cent of women support the tradition which says they can propose during a leap year. And, today could be the day they pop the big question. If a woman proposes on Feb 29th, folklore suggests any man who refuses her owes his lady a silk gown and a kiss.
If you’re thinking of proposing to your man, here is a list of the most romantic places to pop the question.
My take is that generation X and Y women will be proposing more than any other generation because they have moved in with their bloke, lived with them for five years and are starting to think about children.
What’s your take? Do you know any women who have proposed?