“Repeatedly falling in love can be an expression of an individual’s inability to love themselves” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Claudia McArthur by © Jeannette Breward

Image © Jeannette Breward

An Interview with Claudia

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

A. On my seventeenth birthday, I invited my best friend to go on a trip to Toronto with me. That day, she told me I inspired her to finally get help for her depression.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The worst memory I have from a previous birthday would be when I turned nine years old and only one person showed up to my birthday party since I hadn’t made a lot of friends in my new town.

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

A. On my sixteenth birthday my mom gave me a rose gold necklace, and I’ve never taken it off since that day.

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

A. A red velvet cupcake. At least one every year on my birthday.

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

A. The most important aspect of celebrating a birthday is probably reflecting on the events and decisions I’ve made since my last birthday.

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

A. Every year on my birthday my grandma calls me, and as soon as I’ve picked up she’ll sing me Happy Birthday.