“All substances give the illusion of permanence, but in fact are only representations of varying states of energy” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Corey Walyuchow by ©Craig MacPhee

Image © Craig MacPhee

An Interview with Corey

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

A. One of my best memories was from my 40th birthday.   My twin brother who lives about 3500 kilometres away from me was in town so we planned a big house party with all of his and my friends so we could celebrate our first birthday together in over 14 years.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The worst birthday memory is only a few years old. I had just turned 42 and was playing in a mens league hockey game two days later and was sucker punched and given a severe concussion which I still feel the negative affects of to this very day.

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

A. The present that most surprised me was a card signed from my daughter the first year she was in this world. It was at that moment that I fully embodied the warmth of a child’s love and the realization I would have that for the rest of my life.

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

A. One food or dish I enjoy the most is the cake…. Of any kind. For as long as I can remember I have always had a cake and although I am not a big fan of sweets I really enjoy receiving a cake and blowing out the candles. Guess you can say I am a big kid at heart.

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

A. I believe the most important aspect of having a birthday is just the simple pleasure of sharing it with the ones who are closest to you. Having friends and family around to celebrate one more year passing an another year presenting itself.

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

A. Not so much a tradition but more so being a twin brother is very special in itself that not a lot of other people can say they can share in. So just having that special bonded someone to share it with.