Dec 12, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterWednesday has special significance for at least three Riverton residents who turned 12 years old this Dec. 12, 2012.
Two of the birthdays were celebrated by Riverton Middle School students Courtney Eckley and Alize' Gould, who have known each other since fourth grade but did not realize until this week that they shared a common birth date.
Jarrod Hambrick, a Rendezvous Elementary School student, also turned 12 on Wednesday -- the same day his niece Lilly Pointon was born in Laramie, giving his family two 12/12 birthdays.
"It's awesome," Hambrick said of the birthday surprise.
He hadn't yet gotten to meet Lilly, who was born two days after her due date at 10:46 a.m. Wednesday. Hambrick said he spent the morning until then playing with his Kindle Fire and eating breakfast at McDonald's. His mom, Mindy Hambrick, said they did something earlier in the month to recognize his birthday.
"Right now we're kind of busy," the happy grandma said Wednesday.
The RMS girls spent their birthdays in school, but Eckley said she planned a party for Wednesday evening. By coincidence, she said, 12 people are coming to the party.
"I invited 21 and it ended up being 12," she said.
Eckley was happy with the circumstance -- her favorite number has been 12 her whole life. That's why she requested jersey No. 12 when she joined the RMS basketball team this year.
"I figured we'd get them kind of near when my birthday is," she said, pointing out the black 12 on the red Spartan basketball sweater she received this week.
Eckley added that there are benefits to being 12 in general, even without the unusual date.
"I get to do everything now," she said. "In hunting you can't get trophy game tags until you're 12. You can't legally babysit until you're 12."
Mom Kristal Eckley said her daughter can stay home alone now, and Courtney said she's excited to be allowed to ride in the front seat of the car.
She hadn't planned anything 12-themed for her birthday party, but Courtney suggested that Kristal and her dad, Troy Eckley, get 12 balloons to decorate the house.
"We can write '12,' 12 times, on the 12 balloons," Courtney said.
Gould is planning her birthday celebration for this weekend, when she will either go bowling or skating with her family. She did bring treats to class Monday, but her dad, Derek Gould, said other students were skeptical when she said she would be 12 on Dec. 12, 2012.
"A lot of students didn't believe it," he said, adding that his brother was welcoming a newborn into the world Tuesday evening as well.
Courtney assured her classmate that the truth would come out about their unique birthday.
"We have birth certificates on our side," she said.
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