The T-J crew has done a lot of birthday celebrating this week. Bradley turned 28 Tuesday, and we celebrated with a cookie cake. Kelsey and I will celebrate our birthdays a day early today, and since we share a birthday, we get to share a cake.

I read that, with the exception of Leap Year birthdays, you share your birthday with about 1/365 of any population. So, since the world’s population is estimated to be at 7 billion, your date of birth is the same as over 19 million people’s across the globe.

Being born on the last day of September seemed random enough until about two months ago when Kelsey became a member of the T-J crew.

Her first day here we learned that we were both born on the 30th day of September in the year 1992.

So, she’s one of the 19 million people I share a birthday with. I know, out of all the interesting facts that come through the newsroom that one seemed irrelevant, but I thought it was neat to be in the same room as someone who was born on the same day in the same month and the same year as me.

We went as far as texting our moms to ask them the exact time we were born, and it turns out that I’m only a few hours older than Kelsey.

I don’t know why this fascinated me like it did, but I was so excited to finally know someone my exact age to the date.

Maybe I thought it was so interesting because of the series of events leading up to our meeting; because she moved to Fort Payne from Atlanta in search of a job and ended up working for the same paper, at the same office, in the same room as me.

Mostly, I think it’s neat because I’ve actually met and befriended one of the 19 million people I share a birthday with.

I guess I’m just easily amused, but the good thing is the T-J crew is always looking for a reason to celebrate, and today we’ll be celebrating double— with just one cake, though.

So, happy birthday to Kelsey, and happy birthday to the other 19 million 25-year-olds.

Kayla Beaty is a staff writer for the Times-Journal. She can be reached at

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