Thursday, February 28, 2013


Four weeks to the month, now that’s the ticket
The problem is this sticky wicket.
It applies to February alone
All other months out of the zone
sport too many days to come out right
by three sometimes, or two if light.

Since there seems no rhyme nor reason
and we can’t calculate by season
we have to memorize the days per month
by sheer rote or by jingle

“Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November,
All the rest have 31...”
Well, except that brings us back to one
which has four weeks.

Oh, darn. 
 In years divisible by four...

At any rate, this ends it for this year.
May your March be everything you wish it to be!


Jacquelineand.... said...

Goodness, I haven't seen or heard that wee jingle for years! It was one of the first learning jingles I taught my daughter.

Vee said...

I learned this jingle when I was very young. Confession: I sometimes still use it.

I hope your March is great. I turn ___ this month. Bad in that I'm really old and the knees (and a lot of other things) don't work well; good, at least for me, that I'm still hanging around.

Shelly said...

Oh, I remember learning that in third grade. It still gets good mileage with me!

Secondary Roads said...

Love that jingle. It's the only way I can remember the length of the months.

vanilla said...

Jacquelinand, that still runs through my head on occasion, even though I've pretty well nailed the right number to each month.

Vee, weaknesses notwithstanding, we are blessed to be around. (Do you still play the calendar game whereby the one who turns the calendar on the first day of a new month gets to "be the boss" for the month?) Nah, I know who is boss.

Shelly, some little memory tricks are just worth, well, remembering.

Chuck, never throw out what works for you!

Gina Gao said...

I remember learning this from ages ago.

vanilla said...

Gina, I think that little verse has helped many people over many years!
Thanks for visiting; I am popping over to your place now.