Monday, August 8, 2011
The Mystery of Birthday Clusters
by Julia Buckley
Long ago my school friend Lydia suggested to me that she believed in a phenomenon which she called "birthday clusters." Basically this was the idea that we are somehow drawn to, or at least brought together with, people who have birthdays around the same time.
It's easy to poo-poo this idea until I apply it to my own life: first, the August cluster: August 5th was my mother's birthday, but August also marks birthdays for my father (who turns 80 on the 11th), my brother, my son, my godson, my grandfather, my father-in-law, and several of my friends.
Then there is the December cluster: I was born in December, as was my college roommate, both of my next-door neighbors, my sister-in-law. And most interesting of all, when I became pregnant for the first time, I was given a due date of my own birthday. My son was born a week early, so we celebrate our December birthdays one week apart.
I've met many women who gave birth to children on their own birthdays--a phenomenon I always considered fascinating, considering that they had 364 other possible days on which to birth a child.
My husband tells me this is mere coincidence, and it may well be--or perhaps are we drawn to people who make their imprint on the world at a certain time, in certain months? Do any of you have birthday clusters in your lives?
And happy birthday to all members of the August cluster. :)