“Carpenters say, “Measure twice – cut once”” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Image by Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Adrian

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. Hmm. Best memory has to be when my sister and I flew out to the UK to surprise my brother. He had been living in London with his girlfriend for a couple years at the time…That look on his face.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My worst birthday experience…I’m drawing a blank. That’s a good thing, right?

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. I was most surprised by my girlfriend orchestrating group of my friends to surprise me at a Jay’s game the morning after we all had a night on the town. Thanks Julz :)

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?

A. My mother has always been known for making a mean curry and roti. I don’t necessarily insist on eating it as a birthday routine, but when it does happen it’s quite the treat.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. The most important aspect of celebrating a birthday for me is celebrating with people I truly care about. Doesn’t matter where really. Just being able to be with everyone, in a single room, doing what we do, is a tough thing to do as the years roll on. Its time I appreciate more and more every year. Time flies too fast and unfortunately there seems to be less and less time to see the “gang”. Birthday’s are the best kind of excuse to bring everyone together.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. Coming from a island background of a Trinidadian-Chinese (father), and a Guyanese-Scottish (mother), and being Canadian born, I feel like I should have a cultural tradition other than a birthday cake!  But I do not.