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His mother always said he was unreliable, laughed. It was a family joke
and there were years when he was young that he feared there would be no birthday, cake, or presents, or anything at all. This is how his older brothers teased him. Do you see a date here, they would point to the end of February, with its white space, the number 28 like the last step on a pool ladder
that plunged into nothingness. The Titanic sank on a leap year, they would chant. This went on for uncounted years until his mother amended each new calendar.

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    Neville Hunt over 4 years ago

    A very timely topic. Come the day, your hero might claim to be so much younger than his siblings, thereby getting his own back.

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    Iarwain Olofsson over 4 years ago

    Yes. It *is* hard for kids.

    Very nice one.

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    Christopher over 4 years ago

    I've always wondered if people born on Feb. 29th felt like they were invalid, and you captured that struggle magnificently. Well done, D.M.

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    Julie over 4 years ago

    Good one, D.M.

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