Chronological age: 76
Leap year age: 19
“I’ll be 76, but only 19 in actual birthdays. That means I can enjoy being a teenager for four more years before I have to start acting like an adult,” said Hovey. “I definitely have a party every year. My most memorable celebration was a Sweet 16 surprise party thrown by my husband, Rich, when I turned 64. He pulled it off with the help of our neighbors and good friends, Joyce and Dick Malin, who let him store all the food and supplies at their house. While I was out for a birthday dinner, Rich decorated our house with Sweet 16 banners and balloons. Everyone was hidden in our family room when I arrived. He even had appropriate music lyrics like ‘Sweet 16’ and ‘When I’m 64’ by the Beatles.”
Chronological age: 4
Leap year age: 1
“Her mother and I have been talking up the fact she’s only got a ‘real’ birthday every four years. Not sure it’s sunk in yet,” said her dad, Chris Keen of Camas. “That will probably only hit when she’s 8 or 12.”
This year, Elise will celebrate her first “real” birthday with a party with two other friends who are three days older. Then later, the family will travel to Elise’s favorite seaside town, Cannon Beach, Ore., to celebrate her birthday, said her dad.
Chronological age: 44
Leap year age: 11
“My most memorable birthday I went to the beach with family and I celebrated my 10th birthday (40th) with Aunt Marelene. She was a leap year birthday turning 16 (64). It was cool to have the same birthday as her.”
Chronological age: 12
Leap year age: 3
“We celebrate Aidan’s birthday every year at least by letting him pick a restaurant for dinner and bring a friend, but do an extended celebration which we like to call “Aidan-palooza” on leap years, spreading the fun over a few days and having a party of some kind,” said his mom, Lori-Ann Marano.