2.29.2008

Happy Leap Day

When I was a kid, around 4th grade, I knew another kid who's birthday was on leap day. He was one of the few kids that a kid in my social position (new kid + fat kid) could find ways to pick on due to his oddball status. We used to give him crap that he was only 3 years old (he was born in 1977 as well), until we all watched the Olympic Games on tv during class.

He triumphantly announced that that was his birthday party.

Of course, we all called 'bull' until he mentioned the "every 4 years" aspect, and that it just happened to align with his birthday. He said he was originally from Calgary (where the held the games in 1988) and that his entire town got together to celebrate him, with games and events.

as 11 year olds are apt to, we all believed him, and he was never made fun of again. Thinking back on it now, it's precisely the kind of story that I, if I were a teacher, would have let slide just to stick it to the bully kids.

I don't know why I remember this shit. I just do.