What’s the deal with forty days? There’s forty days of Lent. Christ fasted in the wilderness for forty days. When Noah built his ark, it rained for forty days and forty nights. When Moses went up the mountain to receive the ten commandments, he spent forty days.

I thought maybe it had to do with when the calendar had only ten months, so the number of days in the month would have rounded up nicely to forty, but God told me that wasn’t so. I went and did some reading on the subject and was surprised to learn that when we only had ten months they were still about thirty days long, leaving a period of about sixty days in the dead of winter that didn’t belong to any month. That would be right about now, so I guess we’re in no month’s land.

I think I’ll quit worrying about it and instead catch up on forty winks.

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