Danielle Reitz of Blue Grass will walk into her sixth-grade class at Quad-City Christian School today a very special 12-year-old.

That’s because her 12th birthday is 12-12-12 — December 12, 2012.

“I think it’s so cool,” Danielle said Tuesday night.

Around the world, people are finding all sorts of ways to mark the once-in-a-century date on the calendar.

For Danielle, it’s important to pick out the right clothing to wear to her school in Moline.

She’ll be sporting a T-shirt bearing the phrase, “Cowboy Up,” plus a little something from her kindergarten days, she said.

“You know when you’re in kindergarten, you make these cupcake hats with your name on it,” Danielle said. “I kept one all these years and I tried it on and it still fits. I asked my teacher if I could wear it.”

Danielle’s mom, Angie Reitz, explained that they can’t celebrate Danielle’s birthday today as they would like to.

“It’s a busy day and we have school,” she said, adding that it is too bad the special day landed “smack dab in the middle of the week.”

Instead, Danielle and her friends will party down at a slumber party over Christmas break.

After school today, Danielle’s dad, Mark Reitz, will take her to Freddy’s Fritters Dog Bakery and Pet Boutique in the Village of East Davenport, where she can shop for her dog, Hawkeye.

“I spoil my dog,” she said.

There’s also a youth group meeting at their church, Community Fellowship Church in Blue Grass.

Danielle said she realized her 12th birthday would fall on Dec. 12, 2012, several years ago when her mom was picking up a prescription for her at the pharmacy.

“The lady asked what my birthday was and mom said ‘twelve, twelve ... ’ and the lady went, ‘Oh, wait a minute,’” Danielle said. “That’s when I figured it out, so I’ve been waiting for this.”

Of course, Angie said, “She keeps reminding us because it’s her golden birthday.”

A golden birthday is when a person turns the same age as the date on which they were born.

Danielle knows what she wants for her birthday.

“I want a horse,” she said. “My dad was thinking that in the next 10 years, he’d buy me a horse.

I think he’s going to wait until I’m 20, when I’m on my own, and I’ll be the one who takes care of it.”

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(5) comments

1of3

I think badger woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Sometimes it is nice to read a story that is heart warming especially in times like these where a majority of the news is sad or bad. This was also a great opportunity for the reporter to make at least one of those children born 12 years ago today feel very very special.
Happy Birthday to her, Im so glad we were given the blessing of sharing in your special day even if it was in such a small way.

bgradmom

I know this sweet young lady and her very nice family and it is refreshing to have news that is not negative or horrific for a change. Happy Birthday, Dani!

HodgePodge

Agreed. Happy birthday kid!

carrie

I hope the little girl does not get ahold of your nasty comment. Grinch!!

Badgerbacker

This is front page news? There were 12 different days in 2000 where everyone who was born on that day would end up having a birthday like this (turn 9 on 9-9-09, etc.), so this is far from unusual. There had to be numerous births on 12-12-2000 in this area, so why is this a big deal to anyone but the family? I also like how the smaller headline states that "this date comes only once in a century." Doesn't every date only come once per century? Is there going to be a story tomorrow about the fact that 12-13-12 occurs only once per century? Nothing against the girl, of course, but this story is a waste of newsprint.

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