November 8, 2011

The Magic Numbers


Trish Pinkerton
Spokesman staff
Eleven. One short of a dozen, half of the lucky 7-11 in roulette, the number of players on a football team, the atomic number of sodium, the time shown on clocks depicted on Canadian currency, the number of space-time dimensions in M-theory.
And for one Redmond girl, 11 adds up to a special day.
Emily Osborne turns 11 on Friday, which wouldn’t draw much notice, except that this year her birthday is on 11-11-11 — and she was born at 11 p.m
That’s a lot of 11s.
It wasn’t until  her 10th birthday that her dad figured out the special nature of her 11th birthday, explained Emily, a fifth-grader at Tom McCall Elementary.
Emily’s birth at 11 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2000, didn’t ring any bells, confirmed mom Tracey Osborne. The family’s only thought at the time was that having a birthday on Veterans Day would be special because there would be no school.
Now it’s turned into a unique event, Tracey Osborne said.
How will Emily celebrate?
On the big day, she’ll do something special each hour for 11 hours, Emily explained. But just what, she hadn’t figured out in the week before her special day — though, she added, some things will be a surprise and others she will choose.
The soon-to-be 11-year-old has well-rounded interests. Her favorite school subject is science in general, but she has identified a specific scientific field as a possible future career – lepidopterology, the study of butterflies and moths.
“They’re really pretty and they’re really interesting to me,” she said.
Outside school, Emily participates in ballet and sometimes does crafts with her mom.
Currently, she’s rehearsing for a church play where she’ll portray an apple vendor.

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