Today's birthday for two Mid-Columbia youths will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Lindsay Rosenthal of Richland and Mason King of West Richland were born on Dec. 12, 2000, so their 12th birthday falls on 12/12/12.
But the middle schoolers aren't the only ones marking the unusual day.
"It's just a super special date," said the Rev. Stacey Miles, owner of Uniquely, I Do. She and the Rev. Diane Crawford are offering a special wedding package for couples wanting to take advantage of the date.
"A lot of fabulous things come in sets of 12. It should be a lucky date for brides and groom," Miles said.
Other outstanding 12s include the months in a year, 12 items in a dozen, 12 signs of the Zodiac and Jesus' 12 disciples, according to The Fact Site, a blog written by Luke Ward.
The moms of the two Tri-City birthday kids think the date might be especially lucky for them. Both joked they should cross their fingers and buy Lotto tickets.
"And be sure there's 12s in the numbers," said Mason's mom, Heather Spink.
"Nobody else in the family has a unique birthday like Mason's. We're all normal," said his dad, Steve Spink. "I think his birthday is pretty cool for a kid."
For Lindsay Rosenthal, the number 12 always has loomed large in her life, beginning with her birth. She was born at 6:12 p.m., in Suite 12, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
"Actually, I was due on New Year's, then they bumped me back to Christmas and then ended up inducing labor early on the 11th and she was born on the 12th," said her mother, Amber.
And a few years ago, Lindsay realized that L is the 12th letter of the alphabet.
"That's simply a coincidence," said her mom.
Last year, when Lindsay was chosen to play competitive volleyball for the Club Gold team she asked for number 12.
"I told them what it meant and they had to give it to me," she said.
Despite the unusual date, neither family is planning an over-the-top birthday bash.
"I'll probably go out to dinner with my family and hang out with friends later," said Lindsay, whose dad is Tim Rosenthal.
Mason's family is planning two celebrations. The first today will be for the family at the home of his grandparents, Becky and Bob Spink of Richland.
"Every year for my birthday she makes all my favorite foods," Mason said. This year he requested homemade cheeseburgers and fried potatoes. And of course, there will be birthday cake.
"One thing we're planning is to hide 12 gifts and send Mason on a scavenger hunt," said Heather Spink. "His grandparents have some acres and horses and a barn, so there's lots of places to hide things. We'll try to do it before it gets dark, but if not, we'll give him a flashlight and let him go."
Then on Friday, he plans a party with friends.
"We'll set up a tent and have a sleepover with a hot dog roast and watch movies, play video games," Mason said. "I'd like to put the tent outside but it might be too cold so we'll have to put it in the living room like we did last year."
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