“Buddha just sat under a tree and let the whole world come to him” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
Image by © Jeannette Breward
An Interview with Amy
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
A. I think all of the of the birthdays in my teen years were the best ones. There was always lots of friends around willing to celebrate with me. My best friend threw me a surprise party one year and it was just so nice to have someone think of me and go out of their way to make it special for me.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. My 34th birthday was my worst by far. It came on the heels of one of the hardest years of my life. I had gotten separated and lost some very important people to me. I needed that birthday to be special and to go well because I was feeling so low at the time. It wasn’t a good or special day and left me feeling very depressed.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
A. I don’t know about the present that surprised me most but I know which one is the most special to me. It’s a white gold locket I received from my grandparents. I wear it almost every day and it will always make me think of them.
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
A. If I can get my mom to make me a cherry chip cake with her cream cheese icing, that’s it!
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. I think it’s nice to mark that fact that you’ve made it through another year. It’s also a good excuse to indulge yourself a little bit. A great day to do something you enjoy and treat yourself.
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
A. In my family, we always sing happy birthday twice. Once regular speed and once fast. The birthday person usually gets to decide what’s for dinner.