Let's hear from leap year 'youngsters'
OUR story about “leaplings” - leap year babies born on February 29 - has brought a swift response from Barbara Johnson of Sheffield Road, Wymondham.She writes: “I was born on February 29, 1964, and so celebrated my 11th birthday last Friday.
OUR story about “leaplings” - leap year babies born on February 29 - has brought a swift response from Barbara Johnson of Sheffield Road, Wymondham.
She writes: “I was born on February 29, 1964, and so celebrated my 11th birthday last Friday. My husband, Bob and I treated our family and my best friend to a meal at Number 24 in Wymondham. It was a lovely evening, but nothing could live up to my previous birthday…
“After getting married in Las Vegas on February 26, 2004, my new husband and I drove to the Grand Canyon.
On the route it started to snow and by the next morning the canyon and surrounding area was covered in snow and swirling white mists - very romantic but not quite the views we had been expecting.
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“However, on the morning of my '10th birthday', we woke before dawn and saw the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, revealed in its full glory, all the more spectacular for the snow-cleaned air.”
Barbara goes on to say that, apart from her four-yearly “true” birthdays, it never quite felt right celebrating on February 28.
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She added: “This was helped by my friends who loved to remind me that it wasn't my “real” birthday!”
“Now, I quite like it. It feels extra-special! And the years fly in-between so it doesn't feel like I have long to wait (unlike when I was a child).”
Barbara, who works in finance at UEA, has two teenage children, Sam and Lucy, and has lived in Wymondham for five years and before that in Mulbarton.