Kyle Taunton and Marlene Castillo celebrated their birthdays yesterday.
The sixth-graders at Sinagua Middle School agreed on two things: It was exciting to turn 12 on 12/12/12, and it was even more exciting to have a half-day off on their birthday. (Sinagua Middle School is on a modified block schedule on Wednesday, so it releases students at 1 p.m.)
"I asked my mom to text me when I was born," Kyle said.
Turns out he was born around 10 a.m.
On the night before, Marlene started to get excited about her birthday and the special date.
"I knew it was special because it was 12/12/12," she said.
She also noted that the Lady of Guadalupe's "birthday" is on Dec. 12 as well. (Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Lady of Guadalupe, the date an apparition of Virgin Mary appeared in Mexico City.)
"It's my grandmother's birthday, too," Marlene added.
Last year, they celebrated birthdays together with a large cake. This year, her grandmother is in Mexico, so they won't be able to celebrate together.
Still, Marlene hopes to celebrate her birthday with family, including her auntie, two cousins and uncle.
In contrast, Kyle nearly missed his birthday.
"I forgot it was my birthday until I received the text," Kyle said.
Kyle's mom told him he should do something special to help him remember this day, since it was 12/12/12.
Kyle will have a birthday party at Peter Piper Pizza. Celebrations will include a mustache cake made by his brother's girlfriend.
For people interested in such trivia, this will be the last chance this century to experience a run of identical numbers in our calendar system. We are going to have to wait until Jan. 1, 2101, to do it again.
"My mom said it's like being Superman for one day," Kyle said. "You get to be special for one day."
Cecile LeBlanc can be reached at 556-2261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.