“Generally we don’t figure out what’s wrong with us when we are feeling well” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Beckey Langille by © Craig MacPhee

Image © Craig MacPhee

An Interview with Beckey

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

A. It is so hard to pick one best moment because every moment of every birthday has been fantastic. I also celebrate my birthday for 2 weeks so many memories have been made over the years.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I have really never had a bad birthday but if I have to pick something, it would be the year my friends threw a surprise party for me but I had to go home because my son was sick. I missed my own party.

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

A. A present that surprised my parents the most would have been when I got a tattoo with the birthday money they gave me. They may not have appreciated it but the tattoo means “loyalty”, something that is very important to me.

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

A. There is not one particular food that I must eat but I always go to brunch with my friends at a French restaurant. We love it! I think the Caesars that are served with the brunch is what makes it so good. When else can you drink alcohol in the morning?

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

A. Birthdays symbolize the day you were brought into the world and each birthday marks another year of experiences and memories. I love that everyone makes me feel so special on my birthday.

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

A. We don’t have any real rituals to celebrate birthdays, but one of my best friends always calls me and sings “Happy Birthday” to me in the key of Elvis!