“True greatness may be found in the humblest places” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Darragh Mondoux by © Mélissa Pelchat

“Darragh is magic. Darragh is beauty. Darragh is what Art is all about. Quite frankly, she never ceases to blow my mind with her grace, her kindness, her talent and those breathtaking eyes that can reflect an endless spectrum of emotions. Her magnificent sense of humour is one of the cleverest I have come across. As my adored muse, she stole my heart. As a friend, she fills it with joy whenever she is around. As an artist, this young woman deserves to have the world at her feet. Today, let’s celebrate the face of December 2nd: Miss Darragh Mondoux-Khaleesi.” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Darragh

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

A. Best memory of a birthday was my 16th when my parents got me driving lessons. Four years later I still haven’t passed that test.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Having a winter birthday means a lot of accidents can happen. Snow storms ruined the turn out of my parties but it’s extra sad when your family can’t make it.

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

A. I was in a band when I was in high school that actually got pretty successful despite me taking absolutely nothing else in school seriously. I was really surprised when my parents got me a bass guitar, it meant they really believed in what I was doing.

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

A. I like requesting a carrot birthday cake with cream cheese ice cream. I discovered I loved it when I was little and had it at a party and when the other kids found out there was vegetables in the cake, I got to eat the whole thing to myself.

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

A. Birthday’s aren’t a vain celebration they’re a day to idealize yourself. My parties were obviously always quite princess-y as a kid, so now I always wear my invisible crown that day even if it’s just for beers.

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

A. My mom loves to remind me how the Irish farmers my family stems from never celebrated birthdays, but if you were named after the saint whose feast day you were born on, then the feast was indirectly for you. Catholicism never RSVP’s to my parties it just shows up.