Leap Day baby celebrates her 25th birthday

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By Nasima Khatun

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A leap day baby has celebrated her 25th birthday, hitting a massive milestone.

Now, we may all be used to celebrating our birthdays every year, but Mary Lea Forsythe had to wait four years for hers to come around.

Despite hitting 100 this year, the "leapling" is technically only getting ready to celebrate her 25th birthday, being one of the five million people to share the unique birth date.

Forsythe was born on February 29, 1924, so when people ask her how old she is, she responds: "I've had 25 birthdays", which tends to leave a lot of people scratching their heads.

Mary Lea Forsythe was born on a leap year back in 1924. Credit: Mbbirdy/Getty

In honor of her 100th year on earth, the Sand Springs, Oklahoma, native was recognized by multiple local organizations such as the Osage Hills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Centenarians of Oklahoma for reaching such a massive milestone in her life.

Speaking to USA Today, Forsythe recalled her surprise when she turned up to the local library, thinking she was going to speak in front of the Osage Hills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, but was instead greeted with a little party for her iconic birthday.

"When I walked in, there were flashes going off and they were taking my picture as I came into the room," she told the outlet. "There were dignitaries from the city and there was a proclamation read. My goodness, it was shocking. The room was full of people.

"I never had been that surprised in my life," she added.

Not only did the senior citizen receive a certificate from the Centenarians of Oklahoma, she was also recognized by Vice Mayor Beau Wilson who proclaimed February 29 as Mary Lea Rogers Forsythe Day for the local area.

Growing up, the 100-year-old always knew she was a little different after her parents explained that her birthday wouldn't come around like everyone else's, using a standard calendar to show her what they meant.

Despite this though, she said that her sisters never made her feel left out though. They would make the time on February 28th or March 1 to celebrate their sister's special day even though it technically didn't exist that year.

After so many years, Forsythe can now say that she's led a good life filled with love, worship, and music, sharing her adoration for all three aspects with her husband, William.

The pair originally met in high school where the centenarian thought he was "cute", and after bumping into him in their chorus class, they soon started falling for each other.

"One day he was laughing and I said 'That’s the guy,'" she said of the man who would become her husband.

After a while, the pair eventually got married and had their intimate ceremony at home.

A friend played the organ and another friend sang the song 'I Love You Truly,' in honor of their love, she recalled.

"My husband played the harmonica," she said. "He was a wonderful singer. I played the mandolin and we would sing."

The pair were married for 68 years and share two children together, Martha and William. Forsythe said that he was always a good father and husband up until his death in 2011.

Regardless of losing her love, she continued to live her life to the fullest. Congratulations to Mary Lea Forsythe for reaching such an amazing milestone!

Featured Image Credit: Nora Carol Photography/Getty

Leap Day baby celebrates her 25th birthday

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By Nasima Khatun

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A leap day baby has celebrated her 25th birthday, hitting a massive milestone.

Now, we may all be used to celebrating our birthdays every year, but Mary Lea Forsythe had to wait four years for hers to come around.

Despite hitting 100 this year, the "leapling" is technically only getting ready to celebrate her 25th birthday, being one of the five million people to share the unique birth date.

Forsythe was born on February 29, 1924, so when people ask her how old she is, she responds: "I've had 25 birthdays", which tends to leave a lot of people scratching their heads.

Mary Lea Forsythe was born on a leap year back in 1924. Credit: Mbbirdy/Getty

In honor of her 100th year on earth, the Sand Springs, Oklahoma, native was recognized by multiple local organizations such as the Osage Hills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Centenarians of Oklahoma for reaching such a massive milestone in her life.

Speaking to USA Today, Forsythe recalled her surprise when she turned up to the local library, thinking she was going to speak in front of the Osage Hills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, but was instead greeted with a little party for her iconic birthday.

"When I walked in, there were flashes going off and they were taking my picture as I came into the room," she told the outlet. "There were dignitaries from the city and there was a proclamation read. My goodness, it was shocking. The room was full of people.

"I never had been that surprised in my life," she added.

Not only did the senior citizen receive a certificate from the Centenarians of Oklahoma, she was also recognized by Vice Mayor Beau Wilson who proclaimed February 29 as Mary Lea Rogers Forsythe Day for the local area.

Growing up, the 100-year-old always knew she was a little different after her parents explained that her birthday wouldn't come around like everyone else's, using a standard calendar to show her what they meant.

Despite this though, she said that her sisters never made her feel left out though. They would make the time on February 28th or March 1 to celebrate their sister's special day even though it technically didn't exist that year.

After so many years, Forsythe can now say that she's led a good life filled with love, worship, and music, sharing her adoration for all three aspects with her husband, William.

The pair originally met in high school where the centenarian thought he was "cute", and after bumping into him in their chorus class, they soon started falling for each other.

"One day he was laughing and I said 'That’s the guy,'" she said of the man who would become her husband.

After a while, the pair eventually got married and had their intimate ceremony at home.

A friend played the organ and another friend sang the song 'I Love You Truly,' in honor of their love, she recalled.

"My husband played the harmonica," she said. "He was a wonderful singer. I played the mandolin and we would sing."

The pair were married for 68 years and share two children together, Martha and William. Forsythe said that he was always a good father and husband up until his death in 2011.

Regardless of losing her love, she continued to live her life to the fullest. Congratulations to Mary Lea Forsythe for reaching such an amazing milestone!

Featured Image Credit: Nora Carol Photography/Getty