I think twelve must be a very important number.
There were, after all twelve tribes of Israel, and twelve apostles - whom, we are told, will eventually sit on twelve thrones judging said tribes.
Twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve labours of Hercules.....the list is endless.
Today, twelve is important in this house because it is the number of years The Peacemaker has notched up.
Twelve on the twelfth - which does after all, only happen once in a lifetime.
Twelve is also important because it is the age at which you are allowed hair straighteners of your own, and no longer have to sneak about using other peoples hoping that your mother won't notice.
(Hair straighteners are the things which mothers buy in desperation after a particularly fraught week when they have completely forgotten the importance of the number twelve until the day before and cannot think of anything else to get).
Happy Birthday to The Peacemaker.
May you have a lovely, peaceful day!
(Unlike your particularly fraught mother who is now off to buy ingredients for a cake and a box of revolting, not-a-trace-of-nutrition chicken dippers which you have specially requested for your birthday tea).