Youngsters celebrate decade on Earth on this auspicious calendar date

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Sloan Lindsay, left, and her guest Abbey Hoefer, 9, dance to music spun by a disc jockey in front of a stack of presents at Sloan’s tenth birthday party Saturday at the Holiday Inn on Crossroads Boulevard. Sloan turns 10 years old today on 10/10/10—Oct. 10, 2010.

At 10:10 a.m. today, 10-10-10, while turning 10 years old, Tyler Speer will have his picture taken to mark this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Tyler is among three fourth-graders at Wingate Elementary whose foray into double-digits begins today.

His mother, Shari Speer, chose to make this special day happen for her son more than 10 years ago.

“My doctor suggested we schedule an induction on 10-10, so he’d have this date,” she said laughing. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

Tyler, who wears a No. 10 jersey, is in the midst of a busy soccer season.

“He’s been planning this for three years, so he’s very excited,” Shari said, while explaining that due to soccer, he was going to have to postpone his “big present” for a few weeks.

Next month, Tyler will treat two of his closest friends to a trip to Jump-Street Family Fun Center, an indoor trampoline arena, in Denver.

Today, he’ll celebrate with a family barbecue, cake and ice cream. And, rumor has it that grandma Doris Moser may have a few special tricks up her sleeve to celebrate the event.

Sloan Lindsay also has been waiting for this date for a long time.

Since she was 5 years old, Sloan has been considering what she’d like to do to celebrate the monumental, once-in-a-lifetime event, turning 10 on 10-10-10.

“I thought it would be really cool and stuff,” she said. “Not that many people will have this, so it’s going to be really special for me.”

First, she wanted to take 10 friends for 10 days to Disney World. Instead, she had to settle for a blow-out birthday party at a local hotel.

“She has been talking about this forever,” said her mother, Shannon.

Last night, Sloan’s dream party came true. More than 20 of her closest BFFs enjoyed a fancy dinner of chicken fingers and mac ‘n’ cheese. The girls, who had been practicing their sweet dance moves all week, boogied down in their best party dresses under the ballroom’s disco ball to Sloan’s personalized remix of her favorite song, “Kiss and Tell,” by Kesha.

“I don’t care what I look like — I’m just gonna dance up a storm,” Sloan said before the party.

The guests also enjoyed doing the limbo, musical chairs and a make-your-own Rock ‘n’ Roll bracelet craft table.

Then there was the cake. A triple-layer, black-and-pink cheetah-striped masterpiece created by A Sweet Life.

Sloan also received 10 little presents from her parents, Shannon and Scott.

“They are the best parents in the world,” Sloan said. “And they didn’t even make me say that!”

Clayton Ward and his family took a little longer to realize that such a momentous occasion was coming up.

“We hadn’t really thought about it until last year,” said his mother, Rae.

Clayton has a much smaller celebration planned. He’s asked to have friends over to eat chicken-fried steak and pumpkin pie.

“Every birthday is special,” Rae said. “We’re just so happy he’s him and that’s what we always celebrate.”

Rae said that although this particular birthday was special, Clayton would always be a “perfect 10” to her.


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