Today’s Story Is Brought to You by the Number 12
Wednesday of this week is a very special day for Kiam Moriya.
It’s his 12th birthday.
But that’s not all.
As Kiam noted in an interview with the Birmingham (Alabama) News, “When I’m turning 12, it’s going to be nothing but 12s.”
Kiam’s 12th birthday happens to fall on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the 21st century.
That makes it, in shorthand, 12/12/12.
It’s a numerical phenomenon that won’t happen again until the 22nd century – a date when the month, the day and the year are all the same number.
But Kiam’s story gets even crazier.
According to published reports, he was born at 12:12 PM on December 12th, 2000.
That means his 12th birthday comes at precisely 12:12 on 12/12/12.
How crazy is that?
“It might mean something,” said Kiam’s father, Kazuo Moriya, in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show. “But I have no idea what.”
Kiam says when he told other kids about all the 12s in his birthday, “Most of them didn’t believe me.”
So he and his parents got out his birth certificate to prove it.
“A lot of his classmates and friends think that it is a cool thing,” his father told NBC.
What’s the significance of all those 12s?
“We’ve joked around that he’s the chosen one,” his father said.
Kazuo Moriya is a Presbyterian minister.
And noted that the number 12 is a very important number in the Bible.
For example, in the Old Testament, Jacob had 12 sons – the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel.
And in the New Testament, Jesus had 12 apostles.
There are also the “12 Days of Christmas,” as the song reminds us.
And think about all the other 12s in our daily lives:
* 12 hours on a clock
* 12 months in a year
* 12 inches in a foot.
On Wednesday, Kiam reportedly planned to celebrate his 12th birthday with his 6th grade classmates at Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy in Birmingham – at exactly 12:12 PM, of course.
He told the News he’s been looking forward to this birthday for a long, long time.
“It’s like one minute out of a whole lifetime,” he said. “It’s all 12s.”