This is a story about the number 12.
It’s also the story of a birthday, two weddings and a new beginning.
Wednesday is the 12th day of the 12th month in the 12th year of the new millennium, also known as Dec. 12, 2012, or 12/12/12.
The triple date sequence won’t occur again for 100 years.
For some, Wednesday will be just another weekday in Baton Rouge but for others, the day will be special.
Alyse Bourgeois, a sixth-grader at St. Thomas More Catholic School, turns 12 years old Wednesday — she was born Dec. 12, 2000.
Alyse and her mother, Celynn Bourgeois, both said they didn’t consider the uniqueness of the date when they first started planning the birthday.
“We didn’t really think about it, but then when we realized it, I knew it had to be a special, golden birthday for her,” Bourgeois said.
When she realized her birthday was on 12/12/12, Alyse said she “thought it was amazing.”
Alyse’s family threw her a party on the Saturday before her actual birthday.
Her mother planned a scavenger hunt at the Mall of Louisiana followed by lunch at the Toyko Cafe.
Bourgeois said she invited 16 girls to the party.
But only 12 attended.
“I’m not kidding,” Bourgeois said.
Was Alyse freaked out?
“A little,” Alyse said.
Amy Jackson, a 29-year-old Baton Rouge landscaping business owner, is getting married Wednesday.
The 12/12/12 wedding comes after Jackson’s 11/11/11 engagement.
Jackson said she and her then-boyfriend, 29-year-old Patrick Gianelloni, went out to eat Nov. 11, 2011, and when the couple returned home, Gianelloni dropped down on one knee and popped the question.
The time on the clock when Gianelloni’s knee hit the floor? 11:11 p.m.
“So we wanted to plan the wedding during December because that’s a slow time for the business,” Jackson said. “So we came up with the idea of 12/12/12,” Jackson said.
The ceremony will be at BREC’s City Park, Jackson said.
The time of Wednesday’s wedding? 12 p.m.
“We have it arranged so when we kiss, it will be 12:12 p.m.,” Jackson said.
Iris Sterritt of Livingston said she wanted to schedule her Wednesday wedding for 12 p.m., but she couldn’t because she and her husband have a plane to catch for their honeymoon in Colorado.
So why did Sterritt, 59, choose to get married on 12/12/12?
Something to do with memory, she said.
“He said to me to pick a day. Well, men are not great at remembering dates. He’s not going to be able to forget our wedding anniversary,” Sterritt said of her husband-to-be, 59-year-old Robert E. Lea.
Justice of the Peace Melva Cavanaugh guessed she has performed more than 4,000 weddings during her 18 years on the local court.
She said she usually performs wedding ceremonies on the weekends, but this week is different.
“I don’t do them during the week, but Wednesday, I have them all day long,” Cavanaugh said of the four weddings she has slated for that day.
The first person who called about a 12/12/12 wedding requested 12 p.m. as the time, and they got it, she said.
Wednesday will be a day Brusly nursing student Jaci Hutto will never forget for more reasons than the date.
Hutto, 25, is having gastric surgery at Woman’s Hospital to assist her in losing weight.
Hutto said she did not pick out 12/12/12 for her surgery, it just happened that way.
“It was the next available date they had. I didn’t think about the date at first,” Hutto said.
Later, when writing it down, Hutto realized the date of her surgery was numerically unusual.
“I’m looking at it as a new beginning,” she said. “I won’t forget the date. Friends and family have told me Wednesday is my lucky day.”