“War will become obsolete when it is socially unacceptable” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
Image by © Cyndal Lorch
An Interview with Daphne
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
A. My 60th! A total surprise! My husband took me for a drive and we were just going to drop in at one of our sons’ place and there the whole family, all the children and grandchildren were lined up in the driveway singing Happy Birthday! What a surprise and a wonderful afternoon spent together. Foods that I could eat, activities that I could play and lots of grandchildren to give hugs to and share stories with.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. My 42nd birthday. This was the age at which both of my parents died, I was going into uncharted territory as far as my family was concerned. I didn’t have grandparents that were alive at this point either.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
A. For my 50th birthday, some of our children and my husband, finished building a beautiful pond. It has brought us many years of enjoyment.
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
A. When I was younger, the dish I always had my mother make for me was a German meat dumpling in a sweet and sour sauce. She has passed away now and it isn’t something anyone else is familiar with.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Family! Family getting together, sharing and enjoying one another’s company.
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
A. When we were younger, getting a bag of potato chips for our birthday was tradition as this was a very rare treat. That we could eat the whole bag ourselves was even rarer! We didn’t have to do chores. We could pick the food we wanted to have prepared for the day. Now, that the children all come home or at least everyone calls on the birthday is special. Receiving a watch for your 8th birthday is tradition!