LEAVENWORTH — Geddes Anderson turns 12 today. Big deal huh? The Leavenworth lad certainly thinks so and so do his parents since turning 12 on the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012 is a bit of a rarity. Definitely something special.
“I think it’s pretty weird and cool at the same time,” said Geddes, an Icicle River Middle School sixth-grader.
A golden birthday is when a person reaches the same age as their birth day. It only happens once in their lifetime. When the number of the age, day and month coincide, it’s often referred to as a platinum birthday. Following the precious metal analogy, maybe today is Geddes’ rhodium birthday, one of the most rare and most valuable of mined metals. Or maybe his personal 12th day of Christmas.
Few people will celebrate such a birthday, when a person’s age coincides with the month, day and year of birth. That can only occur for someone age 12 or younger born in the first 12 years of each century. After this year, the process won’t begin again for another 88 years in 2100. Today is the last day it can happen this century.
“He was born on the 12th hour, too,” said Geddes mother, Jennifer Anderson. “At 12:59. He just made it.”
Two children were born at Central Washington Hospital on Dec. 12, 2000, according to hospital records. Alejandro Amezcua of Wenatchee was also born that day. Attempts to reach his family were not successful.
Geddes said he actually celebrated his birthday early, last spring with his brother, Hayden, who turned 9 on May 9, Hayden’s golden birthday. Shane and Jennifer Anderson took their two boys to Disney World and Legoland in Florida during their spring break. Geddes said he loved the rides, especially the Disney World Haunted Mansion thrill ride.
Geddes won’t have friends over for a party tonight, unless you count the expected full house at Cascade High School for a holiday concert. Geddes plays xylophone and snare drum in the Icicle River Middle School Band that will be playing Christmas tunes. Geddes said band practice is his favorite class at school. He’d like to play drums in a rock ‘n’ roll band one day. His father did that and now plays drums in a church music group.
December is a perfectly fine time to have a birthday, he said, since he loves skiing and sledding. The real birthday celebration comes Saturday, he added. “If there’s snow I plan to go sledding.”
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151