What’s a Beddian Birthday?
A Beddian Birthday is when the age a person is turning is the same number as the last two digits of their birth year. Apparently, the Beddian birthday is named after NYC firefighter Bobby Beddia, who noted this coincidence.
So someone, say me, born in 1960, will experience their Beddian Birthday when they turn 60. If you were born in 1912 then your Beddian birthday would have been when you turned 12. If you were born in 2000 then your Beddian birthday will be when you turn 100.
Get the idea? So it’s feasible that many people may not actually get to celebrate their Beddian birthday. Have you had yours yet?
I remember commenting on this phenomena when my husband turned 57, as he was born in 1957. I looked into it and found that it is sometimes called a Golden Birthday or a Beddian Birthday. Have you ever heard of it before?
Calling all 1960 babies
So here I am celebrating my Beddian Birthday, along with many others who were born in 1960. I wonder if they are aware of this special year too?
So far this is the oldest I’ve ever been
I am feeling a bit odd celebrating my birthday this year, as it’s not been a great year in lots of ways and we lost my mother-in-law just a week ago, so we’re not really in a celebratory mood.
But 60 is a milestone so it has to be done! And Ruby would have wanted me to celebrate.
If you’re interested in finding out exactly how many days old you are then this link will help – it’s a fun exercise: How many days old are you?
It seems I have written a birthday post every year since I started blogging, it’s now become somewhat of a tradition.
My post 12 things to do before turning 60 and the more recent updated version tell more of the story. I’ve managed to tick most things off my lists, except for the travel items – maybe in another few years!
I love the BBCTV show Mum, especially the episode where Cathy turned 60. Have you seen it? I took this shot from the show and edited it with my name – just for a laugh. I know my family won’t do me a birthday banner 🙂
I had a few days away organised, Santa photos with my granddaughter and lunch out with my daughter and her growing family (the new baby is due in about 7 weeks time).
All very nice…
BUT THEN – my youngest daughter and 9 month old grandson surprised me by flying down for the weekend. My whole family was in on it and they ‘got me’ well and good – I had no idea it had been planned for months! But wow did it lift my spirits!
My daughter in England sent me a text saying ‘Surprise mum, open the door’ – I knew it was impossible for her to be here given the current international travel restrictions, but it made me laugh 🙂 She will be with us in spirit and on Facetime during the weekend.
Back when I turned 50 I had two of my three daughters living in the UK, and they both came home and surprised me for my birthday celebrations! It meant we were all together for the first time in years.
Again I had no idea – my family and friends are very sneaky I’ve decided. But they certainly know what makes me happy 🙂
I just happened to have my hair done for the birthday celebrations and I loved the addition of some curls for a change.
BUT THEN (take 2) – an update
Another slap in the face from 2020 – the year that just keeps giving!
Turning 60 made me sick – literally! The night before my birthday I woke feeling unwell and promptly vomited my way into the dawn of my 60th year. I had caught a stomach bug and felt awful for a full 24 hours – on my special day of all days! Thanks for the memories 2020!
I rallied with the WonderWoman strength I’m known for and managed to make the pre-booked Santa photo shoot with 2 of my grandchildren.
Out of all of us, including Santa, I was the only one smiling, because although I felt awful, I knew this was a moment to treasure.
To be fair, the grand-babies weren’t too sure about the whole Santa experience, but they were happy enough to wave at him from a distance and accept the little presents.
I managed to make the lunch that had been planned and opened my wonderful presents from my wonderful family. I then lay in the sunshine and promptly fell asleep. In fact the kids have photographic evidence of me sleeping my way through most of the day – and it wasn’t even a hangover sickness!
The next day I woke feeling better and we managed our planned breakfast before taking my youngest daughter and baby grandson to the airport for the flight home. They were all pleased to see me feeling better 🙂
Despite the year we’ve had there are things to be thankful for and I have much to look forward to. I am happy we are able to get together with family, I am fit and (reasonably) healthy, I am in pretty good shape and I am lucky to live where I live. I have people who care about me and support me when times aren’t so good. I am truly fortunate and grateful.
Life is good!
Happy Beddian birthday to all the 1960 babies 🙂
Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and the Mathematician are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.
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