“Wittgenstein’s opening sentence, “The world is everything which is the case,” serves as a beginning” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Daisy Pardhan by © Aaron McCullough

“Daisy was born in Fegus, Ontario where she says the population was, like, 4. Her family moved out to Calgary when she was about 5 years old. Daisy works in Education while her husband of 6 years, Alim, works in sales. They have a little boy, Kyam, who is 16 months old. I met Daisy and Alim just over 6 years ago as I was their wedding photographer. They had their wedding in Mexico. I also shot wee little Kyam when he was just a month or so old. As a family they love to snowboard, sports and all outdoor activities.”

Image by © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with Daisy

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

A. My last birthday was an exciting yet calm one. I was around 6 months pregnant with our first child. My husband and I went on a cruise before all the chaos began. Let’s just say my hormones told me to eat a lot of cake!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My worse birthday still seems as if it was yesterday. It was in Jr High, those awkward yet imperative years. I was excited to have my first coed party with, of course, a boy crush that would be attending. The party was just starting to get wild and wild I mean, playing pool and listening to music. Around 20 minutes in, my older brother came in. By older brother – I mean the one that implemented strict rules about boys not being allowed. As I saw him come in, by heart dropped and my face went red. He yelled, “get the (blank) out”. I then was told that I was not allowed to hang out with boys and they are not allowed at our place. That boy crush died pretty fast, thanks, brother!

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

A. One of the best birthdays goes out to my husband! It was my 30th birthday and of course, I was expecting something big. However, my husband played the… I don’t have anything planned card. We were heading to his “sister’s” birthday party. When I arrived it was a surprise party with all the special people in our lives… best birthday gift ever!

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

A. Birthday cake of course, but an ice cream cake is a necessity!

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

A. I believe that a birthday is a time to celebrate life. It can be celebrated small or big, but it should be a time to reflect where you have been and how far you have come.

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

A. Traditions…umm… wine, cake, family and friends!