Leap Year babes
find much to laugh
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
Born in 1936, Arlee Hupser of
Fairfield is turning 17 on Sunday. That’s right, having been birthed on
Feb. 29, she’s one of those creatures known as Leap Year Babies. She
said her mother always celebrated her birthday on either Feb. 28 or
March 1. Most leap year babies, of which there are approximately 4
million in the world, consider themselves Februarians and won’t
celebrate in March at all.
"I was teased because I didn’t
have a birthday," Hupser said, and then laughed. "But on my last
birthday four years ago, when I turned 16, my granddaughter had her 16th
birthday, too. That was pretty neat."
Andrea Heath celebrated her
"10th birthday" with her parents in Ketchum this week. Courtesy photo
Another Leap Year Baby, Andrea
Heath of Portland was visiting this week to celebrate her birthday with
her parents, who live in Warm Springs. She said she’s always celebrated
her birthday the day before. "My grandparents believe I was born on Feb.
She was born 40 years ago in the
Philippines and time zone-wise, it’s a day ahead, so that when her
parents called home to announce her birth it was Feb. 28 stateside.
"Actually it’s a family joke. It’s
more fun when your older—I’m turning 10—it can’t get much stranger. My
four kids give me a hard time."
But when she was younger it was no
picnic. "Your name doesn’t get put up on the calendar, so sometimes they
forget and there was no celebration at school."
Get this: There is approximately a
one in 1,506 chance of being a Leap Year Baby. In Norway, one family
should be buying lottery tickets this Sunday. Mrs. Henriksen gave birth
to her three grown children, Olav, Heidi and Leif-Martin, on consecutive
While many of us hate turning a
dreaded year older, Leap Year babes are joyous because this year it’s
all about them.