Local kids enjoy 11th birthday on 11-11-11 | PostIndependent.com

Local kids enjoy 11th birthday on 11-11-11

John ColsonPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – At least three children here turn 11 years old today – 11-11-11 – and are gleefully enjoying their moment of local celebrity.Tyndall Rounsefell, Hannah Juul and Sebastian Gonzales Montes, all of Glenwood Springs and all students at Sopris Elementary School, share today as their golden birthday – a birthday when they turn the age of the date of their birth.For these youngsters and others born on Nov. 11, 2000, it’s a super-super-golden birthday with the year matching up and all the numerals being 1.”It’s very different,” conceded Rounsefell, smiling her way through an interview at her home, with parents Justin and Kier looking on.She started getting “very, very excited” about today way back last year, when she learned that her 11th would be a unique day, numerically speaking.”I think my lucky number is two,” Rounsefell said, noting that “the digits in 11 add up to two.”Juul has been looking forward to this day for a long time, ever since her mom, Carol Juul, told her about it.”I found out when I was either 5 or 6,” she said, “and I’ve been looking forward to this Friday ever since. I find it very special. I’m a very lucky girl, and my favorite number now is 11.”Interestingly, the three locals are among many others across the nation celebrating their 11th birthday today, as a search of the Internet shows.There also is considerable numerological interest in the day. One website points out that multiplying the date’s digits by themselves (111111 times 111111) yields the result 12,345,654,321.Today is also Veterans Day, symbolizing the end of World War I between the Allied nations and Germany. The Armistice went into effect on Nov. 11, 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and thus became a national day of honor for veterans.That fact has caught the attention of at least one of the local birthday trio.”His birthday is on Veterans Day, and he’s very excited about that,” said Elizabeth Gonzales Montes, explaining that her son could not come to the phone because he was outside playing with friends.The three birthday celebrants and their classmates also have the day off school for parent-teacher conferences, so the birthday girls and boy will get to enjoy their special day without the constraints of being at school.Of course, there were parties scheduled for Thursday at school in honor of the birthdays.Beyond that, Rounsefell and Juul will be treated to some serious theater, shopping, rides and video game time in Denver this weekend, according to their parents.For Rounsefell, the fun will include a performance of “The Lion King” at the Denver Performing Arts Center, along with shopping for presents of her choice.”I really like stuffed animals,” she confided, so their big stop will be at the Build-A-Bear store in Cherry Creek.The Juuls will be going to the Dave & Buster video arcade, as well as the larger Fat Cats amusement park, also in the Denver area.Gonzales Montes, however, will have to wait a week. His special birthday treat, said his mom, is to be part of a field trip to Tijuana, Mexico, starting on Nov. 17.jcolson@postindependent.com

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