Sixth-grader turns 12 on 12/12/12
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It’s here. Finally. The birthday of Gabriella Levy’s dreams has arrived.
For the past year, if not longer, “Gabby,” a sixth-grader at Fruita Middle School, has been waiting for today to turn 12 on 12/12/12.
“I’m pretty excited,” Gabby said. “My dad and I always talked about it.”
When Bananas Fun Park owner Chris Burns found out Gabby was turning 12 on 12/12/12, he gave her five free tickets for a night out with friends to ride go-karts and play laser tag.
Thinking back on Gabby’s birth, her mother, Kristin Koper, remembers it being relatively easy—“I was watching ‘Oprah.’” It was approximately 4 p.m., according to Levy’s birth certificate.
Levy wanted her father and older sister, who are still in New Jersey, to fly to Fruita for her birthday, but airline tickets, particularly since Hurricane Sandy, are too expensive, Koper said.
Instead, Gabby will get a Facebook message from her sister because it’s what the sisters “always” do on birthdays, she said.
Today is “Twin Day at school, so me and my best friend are going to wear our Saints jerseys, tuck them in, and maybe wear suspenders,” Gabby said.
Most of Gabby’s teachers know she’s turning 12 on 12/12/12, so they will probably sing “Happy Birthday” in each class, and she might get small presents like pencils or erasers, she said.
Tonight, Gabby plans to paint pottery with her friends and eat her mother’s homemade ice cream cake.
“I want a cell phone,” Gabby said. “And clothes.”
Koper just smiled.