April 24, 2014

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The Half Birthday

Some families keep close track of when a child's half birthday falls, other do not. Why is this so important to some but not to others?

This is my personal blog-- not a news story, and no one else's opinion, not the station, not my family.

Very shortly here, I'm going to have a half-birthday.

That is, it will be almost six months since my birthday.

In my nuclear family, this was very important, but apparently is not observed in other families.

It always puzzled me why others don't celebrate this minor milestone.

When I shared this other other co-workers in the past, they responded with a half a birthday card, a a half a birthday cake and  similar silly things.

But the explanation is rather simple.

When I was being registered to attend Kindergarten, the question was whether the child was going to be 5 1/2 before school began, or not. That was the razor's edge that determined whether the child would stay at home with mom for another year, or be prepared to go off to school.

So, the pressure or emphasis was on just when that "half-birthday" fell. In my case, school started the day after and so I could start that fall.

But with the accelerated school year, that may no longer be an issue.  It depends on how each school system defines the rules.

How about you? Did your family observe half-birthdays or not?

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