Tuesday, May 31, 2011
May 31 or June 1?
Too many people have sent me communications today dated June 1. Last time I looked at the calendar (1 second ago), it's still May 31.
I think the confusion comes in because many people think May has only 30 days.
Not so. May is one of the long months, with a proud 31 at the tail.
How do folks keep all the months straight?
My grandmother taught me a very simple trick years ago: hold up your fist, so the back of your hand faces you. It doesn't matter which hand you use.
Tap on the knuckle closest to you with the forefinger of the other hand. Say "January."
No. It doesn't have to be said aloud. You can mutter it into your beard, for all I care. Just think "January" to yourself, if you're shy.
Now tap the valley between your first knuckle and the second. Think or say "February." Yes, it does have two "r"s in it.
Repeat the process with the next few months. Keep going.
Are you at July yet? That's the pinkie finger knuckle. Tap it again, saying or thinking "August."
Now come back the other way, with "September" in the valley, "October" back atop a knuckle, and go on to "December."
No, there aren't enough months to get back to the beginning, but leave it alone, okay?
What did you learn from this little exercise?
Yes, Jackie. That's right. The long months are on top of the knuckles, and the short ones are in the valleys. Thus, May really does have 31 days.
Repeat the exercise just to cement it in your mind. Now, whenever you are in doubt as to whether or not you have a day left in which to do your visit or home teaching (a reference for LDS Church members), do the knuckle exercise. Yes, you can do it mentally, if you're a visual person. If not, raise your fist and start tapping.
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