Leaplings anticipate second birthdays

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Next Monday, two second-grade students at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School in De Smet will celebrate their second birthdays.


No, Candice Aamot and Jonah Beck aren’t baby geniuses. They are actually turning 8. But both are what some people call leaplings or leap-year babies.  They were born on Feb. 29, 2008.


Most years have 365 days with February, the shortest month, having 28 days.


But every fourth year there are 366 days in the year. This extra day, Feb. 29, or leap day, is added to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun.


People born on leap day don’t have an actual birthday every year. But their friends and family usually help them celebrate on a different day.


De Smet’s two second-grade leaplings take their Feb. 29 birthdays in stride.


Candice is in Roxy Fast’s second-grade class at LIW. Her father Bjorn’s birthday is Feb. 27, and her mother, Anne, has a Feb. 28 birthday. Candice said most years her mother shares her birthday. Some years all three of them celebrate their birthdays together. Candice has an older sister, Callie, who has an April birthday.


Candice said she will probably help with farm chores on her birthday and open presents after supper.


Jonah is in Marlene Somsen’s second-grade class. His parents are Laura and Jared Beck. Laura is the band director at De Smet High School and Jared is a bus driver and mechanic. Jonah has a brother, Noah, and a sister, Lydia.


Jonah said most years his family celebrates his birthday on Feb. 28. He doesn’t anticipate that they will do anything different this year than usual. “Except I get to celebrate it on the 29th,” he said with a grin.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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