“Our world is only one of many” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
Image © Craig MacPhee
An Interview with Craig
Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?
A. A large group of friends got together and had a bash for me on the rooftop of one of my favorite pubs. They brought me cake (which was a nice gesture, but I couldn’t eat it due to being lactose intolerant) and we danced to 90’s hip-hop all night. A lot of people came out that I didn’t expect to see. We had a blast. Great memories or shall I say the ones I remember.
Q. How about your worst? And why?
A. Not sure how old I was, possibly 11 or 12 years old. Alcoholism ran in the family and I remember waking up on the couch hearing my father stumble in late at night, tripping/falling over everything. He had been gone the entire day, missing my birthday events. A fight broke out between my parents. Screaming, name calling. I was frozen on the couch and crying. As for why… Self-explanatory I think.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Life itself. Life isn’t always easy but it’s important to celebrate that person and their life on their day. It’s an appreciation of the gift we’ve been given. To look back and see how far you’ve come and where you want to go.
Q. Do you/your family have a tradition/rituals/ceremonies to celebrate birthdays? What is it?
A. Can’t say we do, but we make sure to do something special for each other. It doesn’t have to be much at all, as long as we’re together it’s enough. If we can’t be together then we call or facetime/skype each other.