Today marks a special day in this century because it is the last time the day, month and year are all the same number — 12/12/12 —but for one Manhattan resident it is even more auspicious. Today marks Anna Huey’s 12th birthday, so she’s turning 12 on 12/12/12.
Alice Huey, Anna’s mom, said that she knew Anna’s age would always coincide with the year, but it didn’t occur to her that this year’s birthday would be extra special until later.
“We figured it out three years ago,” Anna said. “It’s really cool.”
Alice said they held a party over the weekend in celebration. Originally, Alice had planned it for today with some of Anna’s home-school friends, but some of her friends who attend public school also wanted to join in, so they decided to have the celebration on Saturday.
To remember the occasion, Alice had pink T-shirts made for each girl, including Anna, and together they spelled “ANNA 12.”
The six girls donned the shirts and went to the mall for treats and shopping. Alice got permission from Manhattan Town Center to host a small birthday party in the food court area, and afterward, the girls went on a scavenger hunt and shopping spree. Alice said they had a pan of cinnamon rolls decorated with icing and candles from one of the shops, and all the girls shared a large soda for fun.
As for today, Alice said the family, which also includes Anna’s dad, Leland, and two older brothers, is going to a church party celebrating the 12/12/12 date. While the church is not celebrating Anna’s birthday per se, she said she is still looking forward to the party. Anna said she also plans to wear her birthday tiara at the celebration - the same one she wore on Saturday at the mall.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 million babies were born in America in 2000, which averages out to about 11,000 babies per day.