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January 9, 2011

Fifth-grader’s 11th birthday is a numerical anomaly

Kokomo — The Habig family celebrates “golden birthdays,” when one of their children turns the same age as his or her birth date.

Tuesday, middle child Dylan will have a “big golden birthday,” turning 11 on 1-11-11.

Parents Mike and Jennifer Habig said that “big golden birthday” never occurred to them the day Dylan was born, Jan. 11, 2000, about 11 a.m.. They thought at the time they would always be able to remember exactly how old their second son was, because his age would be the same as the year, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that they realized his birth date this year would be all ones.

“I think it’s cool,” Dylan said.

Jennifer said, as a fifth-grader, her son normally would have outgrown taking treats to school for his birthday, but for this special birthday, she is taking cupcakes, each one with two vertical pretzel sticks to form an 11. She called his Northwestern Elementary teacher, Teena Wallace, to ask if it was OK, and Wallace suggested they serve the treats at 11:11 a.m.

Dylan’s birthday party was Saturday at Don Lowry Lanes, and Jennifer said she tried to think of clever ways to incorporate 11s into party favors and games.

Dylan’s older brother, Jadon, 12, celebrated his golden birthday when he was 5, and little sister, Mollie, 7, will have hers when she is 16.

Dylan said his goals for his 11th year are to “get all As so I can get an iPod, to get two home runs in baseball and to finish reading five books.”

He said he will remember this birthday “because it was entirely made out of ones.”

• Danielle Rush is the Kokomo Tribune education reporter. She can be reached at 765-454-8585 or danielle.rush@kokomotribune.com.

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