“By nature of sexuality, female disarms male” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Catherine Skinner by © Jeannette Breward

Image by © Jeannette Breward

An Interview with Catherine

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

A. My favourite memory would be when my daughter celebrated my birthday for the 1st time. She was just over 11mths old at that time and when she saw my cake, she smashed her tiny fists into it. She just loved it. Made everyone laugh. It was cute

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. When I turned 6 or 7, only one girl showed up for my birthday party. My birthday is in the early summer and school got out a lot earlier in June back then, so all the kids that were invited couldn’t come cause they were on vacation. My mom felt so sad for me. She scrambled and got the neighbour kids to come over so it wasn’t just me and the other girl

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

A. Nothing really…lol. I hate surprises so I always found out what I was getting.

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

A. Steak, corn on the cob and salad. I love anything cooked on the BBQ

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

A. Celebrating life and spending it with family and friends. There’s no greater feeling than that, being surrounded by your loved ones and being blessed to have lived another great year with them.

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

A. My mom and dad would make me my special birthday dinner on the BBQ. That’s her thing. She makes sure all of her kids and their spouses always have a birthday dinner