“Everything in the Universe is alive” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
Image by © Aaron McCullough
An Interview with Bridget
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
A. I always plan my own parties. I have had some really great ones – and most of the time people make the effort to come. My 30th birthday party was one of my favourites. Steven and all my friends and most of my family were there (kiddies at home ;). I felt great). Had one of my favourite local bands (Hurricane Felix & the Southern Twisters) play at the pub my parents owned at the time and we were all dancing even though there is no dance floor
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. I think the worst birthday I can remember was when my husband and I went out for supper and got a phone call from our business bank that all of the cheques we wrote were going to bounce. I started crying. We were in a difficult financial situation, and starting a business with a baby on the way and $100,000 debt to the government from a previous business is difficult to say the least. Steven and I talk about it sometimes, remembering how terrible it felt. It just so happened to be my birthday.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
A. My husband proposed to me on my 26th birthday That was a glorious surprise!
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
A. Not one specific thing I insist on eating…Just that there is delicious food to eat and lots of drinks. I don’t drink much at other times of the year. At least one shot of Tequila on my birthday is a MUST.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. I believe it is getting all of the people I feel loved by/love for together to celebrate being amazing! I love to be a bit of a diva on my birthday and make it about me. I get such a high on my birthday knowing that all these people came to this one place because they care about me. I’ll never stop loving that feeling and I can never understand when people don’t think their birthday is a big deal. To me, it is the BIGGEST deal! (and not for presents)
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
A. To plan and host my own party to celebrate. Every Year I put on some pretty great parties to celebrate my childrens’ birthdays too! I just love birthdays so much.