Today one of my great-nieces celebrates her first birthday anniversary. She will be four years old, born on February 29, 2012.
Her older sister was born on February 13, 2009. Which happened to be Friday the Thirteenth.
Her father was born on April 1, April Fool's Day.
Her mother, to break the pattern, was born on July 16. That may seem like just an ordinary day to you -- and it doesn't have the pizzazz of Leap Day, Friday the Thirteenth or April Fool's -- but it is the Solemn Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the principal feast of the Carmelite Order to which I belonged for three decades.