February 29th. The day that comes around every four years. Except it doesn’t really because that would be silly. It’s just called March 1st in other years but apparently they’re needed in order to keep our Gregorian calendar in check. This article explains better than I could, I think
There is, of course, the silly tradition that today is the day that women can ask their boyfriends to marry them. Silly being the key word here. Why is it “ok” to propose on February 29th but not on any other day of the year? Truth is, kids, it’s ok for either partner in a relationship to propose on any day of the year.
I, however, do think it’s the man’s job to propose but I’m somewhat of a traditionalist. On reading a womens’ gossip magazine today (as I’m afraid I sometimes do) they were asking men on the street, whether they thought it was ok for a woman to propose and how they would feel if their partners did. The overwhelming response was “I don’t see why not. If she wants to propose, she should”, which was actually really nice and refreshing to read. One guy said “no, it would undermine my masculinity”, showing that he actually feels it’s a manly thing to do but isn’t proposing, in a way, a show of emotions? Aren’t emotions meant to be a female thing?
I’ve always thought of proposals and engagements as showing your love and commitment to your partner through being all slushy, which on the whole (I realise I’m stereotyping) isn’t really what men do. I’m not saying it will happen soon, as both Dan and I, are still far too silly and childish for such serious grown-up things but I’d hope that he would take the initiative and do what I think is traditional. He knows I’m a bit of a sucker for things to be done “properly” anyway, so I’d hope that he makes it special for me!