“Fate itself is the ultimate Zen master” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Arielle Livernoche by © Melissa Pelchat

“Arielle, aka Arie to everyone who knows her, is a giant in every way, except physically. From the top of her 5 feet 2 inches, she rules the world with her crazy personality that charms even the meanest ogre, her extraordinary sense of humor that is her best weapon against adversity, her out of the box vision that’s as edgy as her looks and her strong will that stares back at you from behind those funky glasses she wears and that, I suspect, are in fact kaleidoscopes on the world, her world, which she faces and tames, sometimes as a warrior, sometimes as a dreamer. Happy Birthday, Poule!” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Arielle

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

A. Every moment spent with my family is awesome. I feel blessed!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Why talk about negative stuff?

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

A. A tourtière (meat pie)!

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. I don’t INSIST per say but I love food. So any food, really. OH!!! For the first 12 years of my life, we had hotdogs on my birthday. It was like a hotdog party…

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

A. Remembering how many years we have lived. Time is a powerful and precious thing.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. My Nanie receives us every time it’s our birthday. She prepares a dinner especially for us and always asks us to choose a dessert. My answer has always been the same, for the past 23 years: “Chocolate, chocolate.” (which means chocolate cake with chocolate icing).