COLUMBIA CITY — Today is a big day for Koby Watkins, a sixth grader at Indian Springs Middle School. It’s his birthday — on the 12th day of the 12th month, in the year 2012.
And yes, he is turning 12. The only way to round of this occasion would be if Koby was born at 12:12. However, he was a couple of minutes behind on that mark, being born at 12:17 a.m.
Koby is the son of Jamie Carlson and Brooks Watkins and the stepson of Billy Carlson and Shannon Watkins. He has a younger brother, Preston, who is 8.
“We didn’t realize he was going to turn 12 on Dec. 12 of 2012,” said Jamie. “But we are going to have family birthday party. It will be special to have the family together and spend time celebrating Koby.”
Another 12/12/12 date will not happen again for another 100 years, in the year 2112.
“I don’t think I will be around for that birthday,” said Koby. If he did, he would be celebrating his 112th birthday."
When he’s not making plans for his birthday, Koby plays trumpet and enjoys drawing, reading and writing. But he’s not afraid to grab a ball and play football and baseball.
“He’s a wonderful kid,” Jamie said. “He’s a Christian which I am very proud to say and he’s involved in the teen group at the Church of the Nazarene. He is always so helpful and reaches out to others around him.”
Each year, Koby’s birthday falls 13 days before Christmas. Does he feel slighted with a birthday falling so close to Christmas?
“Yes, I kind of do,” said Koby who caught his mother off guard with his answer. “Really?” said Jamie. “I never knew that."
“Well, I guess sometimes it seems like the two get pushed together,” Koby said. To that, Jamie laughed and said, “Well, I am so sorry about that. I had no idea.”
Once Koby has racked up many more birthdays, he plans to go to Purdue University. He wants to travel and be a missionary.
“I want to see all kinds of places and at the same time be able to tell people about God,” Koby said.
Koby’s 12/12/12 birthday will be shared with some celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Jennifer Connelly and Bob Barker, although these stars are far from their 12th birthday.