It’s just an extra day on the calendar for most people, but for leap year babies, a Feb. 29 birthday celebration only comes around every four years.
Raenell Dawn from Oregon is part of the leap year babies club. She started a birthday club and later co-founded the Honour Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
“Oh my goodness, we totally embrace it,” Dawn said Monday on the Brent Loucks Show.
The online birthday club connects leap year babies to share stories and raise awareness about the unusual day of the year.
“It’s cool. I can say I’m 14 at 56,” she laughed.
But the awareness part is important as well, according to Dawn. She said most people don’t understand what its like as a child and not having a birthday like your friends and family.
“I remember asking my parents over and over ‘but why isn’t it on the calendar’ and they would give me the line that ‘you’re special.'”
While most embrace their unique birthday, it comes with a lot of hassle .
Dawn said filling out paperwork online can be a headache because some websites don’t recognize Feb. 29 as an actual date.
A bigger deal is around their identification — birth certificates, social security and driver licences.
“Those are pretty serious identification pieces and they get messed up,” she said.
Dawn said the day isn’t just for them.
“It’s everyone’s extra day, so go do something good with it.”