Tomorrow is February 29

Do you have a problem birthday? You’re not alone. #autism

Happy birthday

Or rather it was or will be in 2012 , 2016, 2010 or 2024.

To those of you born on February 29, I wish you a happy birthday.

I have a close relative who was born on February 29, so we only get to celebrate her actual birth date every four years. We usually do it on February 28 and she doesn’t seem to mind that it is not the correct date.   My friend’s mother was born on February 29 , 96 years ago. She has had 24 birthdays so far.

I can somewhat sympathize with people born on February 29. My birthday is within a week of Christmas, December 25, so I often feel like I have a non-birthday- it can easily get overlooked. When I was a child , my mother tried giving me a birthday but kids were often too busy, or had already left to spend Christmas at grandma’s house.

One mother of an autistic boy took to social media when no one showed up at his birthday party and the response was surprising. Read what happened at this link.

Children and adults with autism may miss out on activities that other children do. That’s while awareness and acceptance of those who are different, whether due to autism or something else, is so important.  Including them in everyday life enriches their lives and ours too.

Here are links to posts on this blog about autism-

Why I have “A Different Way of Seeing Autism”- a book review

Are too many children autistic?

Why I observe Autism Awareness Day

Light it up blue-autism speaks

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

I am a family physician who loves to write about the HEART of HEALTH. On my blog, Watercress Words, I inform and inspire us in healthy living. My ideas come from my training, experiences, medical practice, personal life, and medicine in the media. There's always something new and interesting to explore in the world of health and medicine.