Leapers, What to do when your birthday falls on Feb. 29?

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 06:07 PM.

And, no, her parents were not divorced.

"So, they gave me two days instead of one since I felt bad when my birthday didn't come around," said Morrell.

And, when her actual day did roll around, it also worked in her favor.

"My first real birthday was when I turned 4 and I got a big party on that day — and every time it came around, which included my sweet 16th," she said.

These days, however, no big deal is made of it, and she expects her hubby might take her out to dinner on the 28th. Last year, which was leap year, she got dinner plus a shopping spree.

The main thing Morrell celebrates on her birthday these days is the granddaughter, who shares her birthday. She will turn 13 this year.

"I taught school for 30 years," said Morrell, "and in all those years of teaching school, I never came across a child that had my birthday. I thought that was strange. Even when I moved here and substituted at Butler, I never saw a child with my birthday. And when my daughter was pregnant and Feb. 29 neared, most of the other expecting mothers who were due to deliver, opted to be induced so their child wouldn't have the stigma of being born on that day. But, my daughter delivered my granddaughter on that day and we enjoy being different."

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