“There is a place to be alone” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Self Portrait by © April Cormier

Self Portrait by © April Cormier

An Interview with April

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. My friends decided to throw me a surprise birthday party when I turned 18. They invited the whole school. I was so shocked. I never thought anyone would do anything like that for me. I was always bullied in school so to see so many people show up was crazy. I remember crying behind my sunglasses from being so overwhelmed. I definitely felt like a rock star that night!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Any birthday without my family and friends is always the worst.

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

A. Celebrating life and your journey, your life experiences!