Tween comfortable with so many 12s

MEMORABLE DAY: Braydan Watkins celebrates his 12th  birthday on the 12th of the 12th, 2012.
MEMORABLE DAY: Braydan Watkins celebrates his 12th birthday on the 12th of the 12th, 2012.

All birthdays are special but, for one Invercargill "tween", this birthday is something a little extraordinary.

James Hargest College pupil Braydan Watkins is celebrating his 12th birthday today - 12/12/12.

Social media sites buzzed in the leadup to the triple-12 date, but birthday boy Braydan is more relaxed about it.

He played down the numerical lineup of his birthday, saying the overload of 12s was nothing to get excited about.

"Most of my friends don't think it's a really big deal," he said.

Braydan's mother, Anna, said his conception was definitely not planned to coincide with the unusual date, but she quickly worked out what it would mean for her son.

"I thought after he was born, ‘Oh, he'll have [his 12th birthday] on the 12th of the 12th of 2012'."

Despite having 12 years to plan for the event, the Watkinses would keep things low-key for Braydan's big day today, she said. "We kind of left it to the last minute there."

Braydan said he would probably celebrate with a friend at the weekend, playing his favourite computer game, Minecraft.

Meanwhile, Queenstown Primary School pupil Andie Gillings is also celebrating her 12th birthday on the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012. A similar milestone will not recur again until someone, somewhere, turns 1 on the first day of January in the year 2101, 89 years from now.

A delighted Andie first realised when she turned 11 in December last year that her 12th birthday would go down in history.

"I was really excited. I was like ‘Oh my gosh!' " she said.

And this year's birthday present is not one to sneer at.

Andie's parents, Pip and Mark Gillings, are taking her to British Columbia, Canada, next month where the young ski racer will try her skills training at Revelstoke Ski Club with some overseas competition.

"That's my birthday and Christmas presents," she said.

The Southland Times