“To sense the interconnectedness of what happens is to see into the life of things” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Andrea Myles by ©Lindsay Lauckner

Image © Lindsay Lauckner

An Interview with Andrea

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

A. Though I don’t really remember it, my 2nd birthday has gone down in history as one of the best family parties! I love to see the pictures and home videos of my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents playing games in our backyard (I have a very competitive family) while I sit and play with my new tea set! Great times had by all!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I have a very vivid memory of a birthday that must have been grade 1 or 2. I failed to blow out the candles on my birthday cake and was teased by all my friends for having 3 boyfriends (for the three remaining candles). I was completely embarrassed! Boys are gross!

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

A. One birthday while I was in university at Waterloo and my boyfriend at the time was living in Toronto. My birthday was on a Wednesday, he took the bus to Waterloo and surprised me so we could spend my actual birthday evening together, then took the last bus back to Toronto to work next day. It was such a great surprise gift!

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

A. Nothing in particular, but I do like to indulge in birthday cake or some other dessert, my favourite being key lime pie. And wine, there’s got to be wine!

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

A.  To me the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday is being with friends and family I love.

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

A. Nothing really beyond the standard cake and candles.