So this week I celebrated my first Leap Second. It short and sweet, and pretty exhilarating while it lasted.
In case you missed it, Leap Second is like the extra day in Leap Year, a tiny correction to make our position in space/time match our clocks and calendars. I think of it as February 29 for the social media age—readjusted to suit our ever-decreasing attention spans.
You can read one of the numerous articles about it here.
The extra second was craftily inserted right before midnight, between June 30 and July 1. Yes, I actually stayed up that long to observe it. But no worries – I had a full 1 second to sleep in the next morning.
One of the youth I work with actually reset his clocks.
Leap Second has several advantages over other adjustments we funny humans make to pretend we control time. First, unlike Feb 29, you can throw your whole being into the entire observance. It is not that hard to keep your focus and party attitude on full throttle for 1 second. And unlike Daylight Saving Time, it doesn’t mess with your sleep schedule. In fact, if you forget the whole thing, there are absolutely no repercussions.
The difficulty in observing this holiday—er—holisecond—is that it is extremely hard to celebrate with anyone else. I made plans to think of a special someone on Leap Second, and then found out my clock was a minute off his. Well now, doesn’t that kill the mood?
There is something mystical and very sci fi about Leap Second. It is an extra blink of free time out of nowhere. Like a fairy produced it out of her wand. And it happens at midnight, when fairy tale magic occurs.
I dunno, maybe Leap Second could ruin a good fairy tale.
What do you think would happen if Leap Second occurred the same night as Cinderella’s ball? Picture this: she’s running down the palace stairs. She hears the clock strike. Just then she hesitates, and her shoe starts to come loose. Knowing she has an extra second before the magic wears off, would she seize the moment to put the dagnab slipper back on? And thus Prince Charming has no forensic evidence to find her?
What do you think would happen?