“Success can often be measured more truthfully by internal rather than external criteria” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Crystal Archambault by ©Mélissa Pelchat

It took about half a second for me to feel comfortable in Crystal’s presence. Right off the bat, her energy is warm and loving… maternal. You don’t need to look very far to understand how it is so: three little men, all smiles, who look at her and touch her adoringly are walking in her shadow, and whenever they interact, you can see Crystal’s face lighting up, her eyes filling with pure, soft joy. Her family is her world and she is theirs, and to spend time with them was heartwarming. Ladies and gents, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Crystal Archambault, born March 16th. – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Crystal

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

A. While I was in Belgium serving as a missionary for my church, the missionary I was assigned to work with decided to order a pizza to celebrate my birthday. It was late at night when the pizza finally arrived. I vividly remember being taken aback by how huge it was. Without hesitation, my companion cut it in half, folded the halves in half and proceeded to eat her portion. I followed suit and we polished off the whole thing! Never have I eaten that much pizza, but then again, never have I had a pizza that was so delicious. It must be the European cheese!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I remember when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. Like most people, I was super excited. Then I found out that his due date was on my birthday. Cue the sinking feeling…

My birthday arrived and I was extremely pregnant and uncomfortable. All I could think about was “Please let this baby be late!”. I didn’t want any of my children to have to share a birthday with one of their parents or “Santa” or anybody/thing else. He deserved to have his own special day. To make a long story short, he was born three days late – he has his own birthday!

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

A. First of all, you need to know something about me – I can’t be surprised. It’s not that I don’t like to be surprised, it’s that I either guess what the surprise is, or in some way ruin it by buying the gift for myself in advance unintentionally. Well, I am pleased to report that I have had one birthday for which this hasn’t been the case. For my 30th birthday, my husband completely surprised me by getting me a MacBook Pro. I didn’t see that one coming! It didn’t stop there, he also gave me 8 little boxes (one for each letter in BIRTHDAY) full of different candies from Europe. He also got me the Dr. Seuss story book about birthdays. All totally random gifts and completely unpredictable!

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

A. Growing up, we ere giving the opportunity to choose the menu for our birthday dinner. I would usually request pizza or hotdogs and french fries. Even though I secretly may still eat this for dinner, I insist on having cheesecake as well! Any flavor will do!

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

A. This could be a deep question! Simply, I think it’s important to be with those that make you happy – it’s a day of celebration. For me, I like to be with my family and close friends.

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

A. No, not any in particular. Now that you mention it, though, maybe I should start one!