“Some people who are silent have nothing to say” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
“Christine is the youngest of seven children and you know what they say about the 7th child: they have a special gift. Christine’s gift, in my opinion, is to add a touch of magic to life. There is something very fairylike about her: a sparkle in the eye, a little mischief on the corner of her lips, a way to express things that makes you burst out laughing. I call her “Fudge Fairy” because she sometimes brings different kinds of fudge and candies and it really feels like she just brought you everything you ever wished for. Her and her niece Mikayla beat all of us at Pictionary just by looking at each other and they perform (there’s no other word) a mean version of a duck song (with gestures). She also loves the movie “Labyrinth” and her Mama. I feel lucky to know I have such a wonderful little sister now that I’m part of her family, and to know I’ll never run out of pixie dust!” – Mélissa P
Image © Mélissa Pelchat
An Interview with Christine
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
A. One of my most treasured memories was when I turned 5 and got to pick out my very own puppy for my birthday. I picked a beautiful Beagle boy who we named Dudley. I was blessed to have him through my entire childhood and young adult life. I had him just shy of 16 years. To this day he is the very best birthday gift I have ever gotten!
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. The worst birthday I’ve had was when I turned the inevitable 30. I’d had a rough year and turning 30 made me feel like I hadn’t accomplished or done enough so far in my life. Plans fell through and I didn’t spend time with friends and family like I normally do and I just didn’t feel like myself. I can honestly say my 30th birthday is the only one I did not enjoy, at all. It did however give me some new perspective. I realized I put so much emphasis on turning a certain age that forgot all the experiences and personal growth that it took, to get me where I was at that point in my life. The more I thought about it the more I realized getting older with every passing day, gives us the opportunity to be a better version of ourselves every single day. So as much as I did not enjoy my 30th birthday, it was just another day and learned from it.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
A. On my 18th birthday my Mother surprised me with a duplicate of my favorite childhood pillow. It’s a large bright green Dragon pillow with blue spots and silky purple scales all along its back. It is now considered rare and vintage and still just as awesome as I remembered it. I was so surprised and moved when I opened my gift and saw what it was. I know my Mother searched long and hard trying to find it for me and it meant so much to get it especially on my 18th birthday. I was technically an adult but it was a gift that would remind me to always stay young at heart.
Our family has a classic picture of me looking angelic while sleeping with my dragon pillow as a toddler. I am still contemplating doing one of those funny reenactment photos.
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
A. I don’t usually insist on having any one specific item while celebrating my birthday. I do however like to have something that’s been made from scratch. I’ve always enjoyed making homemade meals and treats for others, I think it makes it more sentimental and heart felt.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Spending time with those you love! I think a wonderful way to celebrate your special day, is to surround yourself with those who have helped you become “you”. I find when you gather, reminisce and surround yourself with loved ones, it makes for a truly joyous occasion.
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
A. The usual birthday cake and ice cream were always a staple in my family. Over the years celebrating birthdays with a homemade meal or sweet treat with family and loved ones has become a tradition in its own way.