Eleven. One short of a dozen, half of the lu
cky 7-11 in roulette, the number of players on a football team, the atomi c number of sodium, the time shown on clo cks depi cted on Canadian curren cy, the number of spa ce-time dimensions in M-theory.
And for one Redmond girl, 11 adds up to a spe
Emily Osborne turns 11 on Friday, whi
ch wouldn’t draw mu ch noti ce, ex cept 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 spe
cial nature of her 11th birthday, explained Emily, a fifth-grader at Tom M cCall Elementary.
Emily’s birth at 11 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2000, didn’t ring any bells,
confirmed mom Tra cey Osborne. The family’s only thought at the time was that having a birthday on Veterans Day would be spe cial be cause there would be no s chool.
Now it’s turned into a unique event, Tra
cey Osborne said.
How will Emily
On the big day, she’ll do something spe
cial ea ch hour for 11 hours, Emily explained. But just what, she hadn’t figured out in the week before her spe cial 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 s
chool subje ct is s cien ce in general, but she has identified a spe cifi c s cientifi c 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.
chool, Emily parti cipates in ballet and sometimes does crafts with her mom.
Currently, she’s rehearsing for a
chur ch play where she’ll portray an apple vendor.